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"I can't be your husband so I'll be your lover." Film Movement has released a new official US trailer for an erotic drama French film called Curiosa, not to be confused with the new Mad Max sequel in the works titled Furiosa. It already opened in 2019 in France, but is just hitting US theaters this summer. A passionate love story set against a backdrop of sexual freedom, loosely based on the relationship between 19th-century authors Pierre Louÿs and Marie de Régnier. Set in the end of the 1800s, the film is about two lovers who do not end up marrying, but they reconnect one year later. And a passionate love affair begins, with a focus on erotic photography as Pierre Louÿs is getting into it using very early cameras. The cast includes Noémie Merlant (from Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Niels Schneider, Benjamin Lavernhe, Camelia Jordana, Amira Casar, Mathilde Warnier, and Mélodie Richard. This really looks very French and intensely sexual, which is exactly what it's exploring. Based on a true story, or at least real letters and photos. Enjoy.
"Will I conquer New York?" Kino Lorber has unveiled the official trailer for a documentary film called On Broadway, from director Oren Jacoby. This is a doc celebrating the triumphant return of Broadway. Now that New York City is facing an uncertain path forward in its recovery from a devastating pandemic, this documentary from the producers of RBG shows how Broadway led the way in the city's last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again. An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theater, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and an uneasy balance between art and commerce. Legends of the stage and screen, including Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen, take us behind the scenes of many of Broadway's most groundbreaking & beloved shows, from "A Chorus Line" to "Hamilton." I've always been a fan of Broadway, and hope they'll be back as strong as ever.
"Nowadays, people… they just don't do things right." ScreenDaily has revealed the first promo trailer for an indie comedy from Catalonia called The Odd-Job Men, at least that's the English version of the title. The original Catalan title is Sis Dies Corrents, which translates directly to Six Current Days. It's premiering at both the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals this fall, which makes this a good discovery already. The story follows three handymen who spend a week going from door-to-door in Barcelona to fix whatever is broken. "A peculiar team of three handymen has to face a series of eccentric clients. Their everyday job becomes a surrealist and exhilarating experience." The indie film stars Mohamed Mellali, Valero Escolar, and Pep Sarrà. I had a good feeling this might be pretty good and honestly it looks fantastic so far. It's not often we ever see a film about handymen, but here we go and this looks astute and quite amusing. Check it out below.
"Creativity at its core is taking chances." Greenwich Ent. has released the trailer for a music documentary titled Into The Mystery, about the South Carolina band called "Needtobreathe" or NEEDTOBREATHE. At the height of the pandemic and without telling a soul, the band decamped to a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee to work on new music. Over three weeks, they resided under one roof and handcrafted an album reflective of the turbulent times. Another music doc capturing the act of creation, and intimately showing us what it's like for musicians to work together under one roof to create special music. The band adds: "Getting to see an idea stretch and grow into a finished song is really inspiring, but we’ve never really let our fans see behind the curtain. Now people will get to pull up a chair and become a part of the process as we create our eighth studio album in an old house in the hills of Tennessee." The doc will debut after their tour later in the fall. I like that it says they're "the biggest band you've never heard of."
"Any other question, detective?" "What really happened?" Vertical Entertainment has debuted a new trailer for an indie "cerebral, character driven crime mystery" film titled Collusions, made by cinematographer / filmmaker Anthony Vietro. This originally premiered at a festival in 2018 and is only now getting a release in the US. Collusions follows five people intertwined in the legal and law enforcement world of Los Angeles as the story of a beaten woman, her missing tooth and their motives are revealed. Starring Tom Everett Scott, Steven Culp, Jamison Jones, Tembi Locke, Brynn Thayer, plus Kelli Joan Bennett, who was also a producer on the film. There's not much to see here in this dready LA drama about boring people.
"You picked a real firecracker!" "She's a handful." MGM Studios has finally unveiled the first official trailer for House of Gucci, the other new Ridley Scott-direted movie arriving this year. He also directed The Last Duel, and they're both aiming for release this fall within months of each other. Set mostly in 1995, House of Gucci depicts the events and aftermath of the murder of Maurizio Gucci, Italian businessman and head of the fashion house Gucci, by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. The film stars Lady Gaga as Patrizia & Adam Driver as Maurizio, with Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci, Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci, Jack Huston, Camille Cottin, Reeve Carney as Tom Ford, plus Mădălina Diana Ghenea as Sophia Loren and Salma Hayek as Giuseppina "Pina" Auriemma. A very talented ensemble cast! And Leto is unrecognizable as Paolo. This looks damn good, as expected from Ridley Scott. Don't mess with Patrizia.
"Why can't we express our opinions or humour?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official US trailer for a Danish drama titled Powder Keg, releasing in the US this September. (Not to be confused with that BMW driver short of the same name.) The film also goes under the title The Day We Died, and originally Krudttønden in Danish (referring to the the Krudttønden cultural centre where the attack took place), and opened there last year. The film is based on the true events surrounding the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen on February 14th and 15th, 2015, which followed the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks a month before. The film follows various people in Copenhagen whose lives change with this shooting. The full cast includes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lars Brygmann, Albert Arthur Amiryan, Adam Buschard, Jakob Oftebro, and Sonja Richter. This looks chilling and very dark, "freely inspired by true events," showing unique stories.
"I'm doing my best to understand what's gone wrong and propose solutions. But this is going to be a long fight…" A lovely little #SaveTheOceans short from director Janssen Powers that's worth a watch. Calling From The Coral is about a geologist named Sam Purkis, who is aboard an Ocean X research vessel in the Red Sea, examining the immense and frightening death of coral reefs. He states in this that at least 50% of all the coral reefs worldwide have died in the last 40 years (ugh, humans) despite coral reefs existing for 400 million years on Earth before. The short is framed within the context of Sam calling his daughter Grace, and recording a video explaining why he's on the mission spending time away from her - to figure out how her generation can save the planet and restore this coral in the future. "Really proud of this one and so thankful for Sam, Grace, & everyone else who worked so hard to bring it to life." This pairs well with Chasing Coral.
"I am willing to give my last breath to save our democracy… What are you willing to give?" Greenwich Ent. has released an official trailer for a powerful activism documentary film called Not Going Quietly, following the life of Ady Barkan. This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Recognition for Humanity in Social Action. It also later played at the Oxford, Cleveland, Annapolis, and Tribeca Film Festivals. An intimate, inspiring look at activist and loving father Ady Barkan, diagnosed with ALS at age 32 and who, in spite of declining physical abilities, joins a motley crew of activists to ignite a once-in-a-generation movement for healthcare justice in America. Barkan is referred to as “The Most Powerful Activist in America,” because when he speaks, people listen. This does indeed look like a shot of "pure inspiration," a story about hope and fighting for what matters for everyone even in the midst of your own great struggles. I'm glad his story is being told in this way. Get a look below.
"There's always something in this life you didn't do." Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Good, the second feature film made by up-and-coming filmmaker Justin Etheredge. This initially premiered last year at the Austin Film Festival and is arriving on VOD starting in September this year. Payton becomes the caretaker of Gregory Devereaux, a wealthy man facing his final months. As they become close, Gregory's past sins force Payton to decide between his dreams and a surprise pregnancy that could squander them all. Justin Etheredge stars as Payton, with the one-and-only Keith David as Gregory, and a small supporting cast including Nefetari Spencer, Kali Raquel, Christen Sharice, and Sarah-Scott Davis. I haven't heard about this film before this trailer today, but I'm very much interested after getting a look at the footage. I'm also really digging Keith David's epic beard in this. It is worth a look.
"All my love… I put it into a song." Netflix has debuted the full trailer for Vivo, a vibrant new musical from Sony Animation. Featuring all-new original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vivo will take audiences on an epic adventure from Havana, Cuba to Miami. The film follows a one-of-a-kind kinkajou named Vivo, who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively square with his beloved owner Andrés. One day he receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval, inviting her old partner to her farewell concert in Miami with the hope of reconnecting. It's up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: a love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Lin-Manuel Miranda voices Vivo, with Buena Vista Social Club's Juan de Marcos González as Andrés, Latin pop legend Gloria Estefan as Marta, Ynairaly Simo as Gabi, Zoe Saldana as Rosa, Michael Rooker as Lutador, Brian Tyree Henry & Nicole Byer as a pair of spoonbills, plus Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo, & Lidya Jewett. This looks totally adorable.
"I swore to never fight again. But now, I will fight for your legacy." Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for Chinese action film tiled Crazy Fist, marking the feature directorial debut of actor Guo Qing. A mixed martial arts (MMA) champion is forced out of retirement for one last fight in order to unravel a major conspiracy. When his best friend dies under suspicious circumstances during a tournament, he has no choice but to step back in the ring to help uncover the truth. First-time feature film director Guo Qing stars with Steve Yoo and Wang Wei, plus Collin Chou, Xiaoming Huang, Wei Zhao, Liu Mengke, with retired professional bodybuilder Kai Greene as one of the fighters in the final showdown. This looks like it borrows a lot from Mortal Kombat and other fight tournament movies / games. The coolest part about this trailer is the big tournament arena - but the rest of it looks forgettable and cheesy. They can't all be winners.