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"I feel like I'm just looking for guidance in how to be a blind artist." Stimulus Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for a compelling, very unique documentary titled Vision Portraits, which first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The film is an in-depth exploration of the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including others working in highly visual mediums explaining their thoughts about blindness, and processes. It is made by filmmaker Rodney Evans, exploring his own feelings about his loss of vision. He also profiles three other creative people - photographer John Dugdale, dancer Kayla Hamilton, writer Ryan Knighton. Reviews describe it as "an evocative meditation on sight, cinema, and the tools of filmmaking", a contemplative film that "consistently fascinates the mind and activates the senses." This looks very good, I'm always keen to watch documentaries that explore topics in an unconventional way.
"If we do not go public, we would be conceding that no one can ever tell the people when their government is lying." IFC Films has unveiled another new US trailer for the legal drama Official Secrets, telling the true story of a whistleblower who discovers a top secret plot within the government for war. We posted the UK for this just a few weeks ago. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and also played at the San Francisco, Newport Beach, and Seattle Film Festivals. Keira Knightley stars as Katharine Gun, a woman who works as a civilian translator at the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters intelligence office) in the UK. She risks her own freedom and her marriage and her life making sure the truth gets to the public. Also starring Adam Bakri as her husband, plus Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig, Monica Dolan, Katherine Kelly, and also Rhys Ifans.
I had the misfortune of missing out on this year's Cannes Film Festival, and while I usually prefer Berlinale's chilly pleasures and the Mostra's replenishing sunshine, this year's roster made me think twice about my life choices. Thankfully, during a recent trip to Lyon, I got to catch several films during their French theatrical releases and during special Cannes retrospective screenings. It was during one of these screenings that I got to catch up with French filmmaker Céline Sciamma's fourth feature film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a breathtaking tour de force that is as mesmerizing on a stylistic level as it is rewarding on an emotional one.
"Seems like you've had quite a past…" Warner Bros has unveiled the first official trailer for a movie titled The Good Liar, the latest directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate, Mr. Holmes, Beauty and the Beast most recently). Oscar winner Helen Mirren and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen star in their first movie together. Described as "a story about the secrets we keep and the lies we live", The Good Liar is about a career con artist Roy Courtnay who starts to fall for the "well-to-do widow Betty McLeish" after meeting her online. It seems like there's plenty of twists and turns in this, and mysterious secrets. The full cast includes Russell Tovey, Mark Lewis Jones, Jim Carter, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, and Celine Buckens. This looks darn good, I like McKellen's mustache and the mysteriousness. Curious?
"You gunna bury it?" Indie Rights has debuted an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Silent Panic, which premiered at a small film festival last year and is hitting VOD soon this summer. The not-so-original premise is about three friends who discover a dead body in the truck of their car while on a camping trip, but cannot agree on whether or not to tell the police. They try to go back home but the "silent panic" starts to hit. Starring Sean Nateghi, Joseph Martinez, Jay Habre, Constance Brenneman, Juliet Frew, Helene Udy, and Jeff Dowd. Not only is this a boring concept that they've already tried in so many other ways, but this just looks awful. Bad performances, bad script, bad music in the trailer. Stay away from this.
"Suck on this!" Momentum Pictures has debuted an official trailer for the indie action horror comedy film Nekrotronic, made by Australian filmmaker Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood). This wacky, trippy, neon-filled demon hunter film is about a man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet. Ben O'Toole plays Howard 'Howie' North, a down-on-his-luck sewage worker dragged into a global conflict. Monica Bellucci plays the villain, an evil demon who absorbs people's souls to gain more power. The full cast includes David Wenham, Caroline Ford, Tess Haubrich, Benedict Hardie, and Epine Bob Savea. This reminds of all these amazing films I'd find in the back corner of my local VHS rental store, totally weird & badass & so fun. This actually looks mega cool.
"Looks that Kill and then you Die!" We are excited to debut the latest horror short film made by filmmaker Dave Bundtzen and Flix Horror titled Window Dressing. Last year we featured Bundtzen's two-minute horror film Tap, this time he's giving us a four-minute horror short to enjoy. Starring Elaine Partnow and Colleen Kelly. It's always cool to see how clever and creative filmmakers can be in such a short amount of time. If I was programming a film festival, this short film would play perfectly before Peter Strickland's In Fabric. As always, will be keeping watch on Bundtzen's work as he keeps making more. Watch in full below.
"This is a battle of the brightest minds in America." 101 Studios has debuted a brand new official trailer for The Current War, a film which has been delayed for release for a few years. This originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, but got caught up in the Weinstein debacle as one of TWC's releases. With more time following dismal reviews at TIFF, the film has been re-edited and tweaked, ready to be presented again this fall. From Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, comes this dramatic thriller about the early days of electricity and light bulbs, and the major business-vs-innovation battle of wits. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla, also joined by Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Damien Molony, and Matthew Macfadyen. It looks way better - bold and thrilling. I'm in.
"It's a sea port here. People come, people go." Watch a trailer for an indie drama titled Dafne, which first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year to excellent reviews. Made by Italian filmmaker Federico Bondi, the film is about a young woman named Dafne, played by Carolina Raspanti. Dafne is a self-aware and bright young woman with Down syndrome. When her mother dies, she has to attend to her father too, on top of attempting to process her own grief. The small cast also includes Stefania Casini and Antonio Piovanelli. One review from Berlinale earlier this year praises its maturity: "Dafne knows how to capture the individualism, absurdity, and staying power of grief without veering into soppiness." From this trailer, it seems to be an endearing, empowering film that we should be paying more attention to. Have a look below.
"You are never free. There's always some kind of pressure." Check out the official trailer for the filmmaking documentary Forman vs. Forman, a profile of the acclaimed / beloved Czech filmmaker Miloš Forman - from the Czech New Wave to Hollywood. Miloš passed away in 2018 at the age of 86, after making 14 films over the course of his career. Forman was an important component of the Czechoslovak New Wave, but he also left his mark on Hollywood, too, winning two Academy Awards - for Best Director of Amadeus, and for Best Director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "The movie is unique for its ingenious compilation of images drawing on existing footage and also on hitherto unknown shots discovered in the collections of friends and colleagues. On set and in interviews the filmmaker contemplates the notion of freedom and its limitations." The doc already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and is playing as a centerpiece feature at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in Czechia starting this week. Looks like a must watch for every cinephile.
"Special suits let patients go out. Then anything's possible." Signature Entertainment has debuted a brand new UK trailer for the indie survival thriller which they're now releasing with the title Hold Your Breath this fall. The film is originally titled Dans la Brume in French (which just means In the Fog) but has also had other international titles like Just a Breath Away and Toxic. The movie is about a "toxic mist" that covers the streets of Paris. Only those lucky enough to escape to the rooftops of the city were able to survive. Mathieu and Anna must face the fog if they have any hope of saving their daughter, who is trapped in a medical tank down below. Starring Olga Kurylenko & Romain Duris, with Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin, Anna Gaylor, Réphaël Ghrenassia, and Erja Malatier. This is yet another high concept urban survival thriller but it actually looks pretty cool, another take on the scary mist/fog horror. It's worth a look.
"This just gets easier and easier." Saban Films has debuted the trailer for an indie horror comedy called Tone-Deaf, the latest from eccentric indie filmmaker Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic, Trash Fire). This trippy, twisted, bloody, insanely weird "home invasion thriller" is about a woman who decides to visit the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last relationship implode. She rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his pyschopatic tendencies. This stars Amanda Crew and Robert Patrick, plus Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, AnnaLynne McCord, Tate Ellington, and Ray Wise. This seems to be one of those super messed up, funky horror flicks only a few die-hard fans might enjoy - but check it out anyway.