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"I hear your voice everywhere I go…" Quiver has released the official trailer for a romantic drama titled Endless, the latest from filmmaker Scott Speer, who seems to have a thing for young love films - making Midnight Sun and I Still See You before this. This is a story of connection despite tragedy: when madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend's death while Chris is stranded in limbo. But miraculously they end up connecting. Both are forced to learn the hardest lesson of all: letting go. Starring Alexandra Shipp and Nicholas Hamilton, with DeRon Horton, Famke Janssen, Ian Tracey, and Eddie Ramos. This looks a bit like Ghost for a new generation, with a very handsome ghost guy reconnecting with his living love and helping her move on. Of course it's super emotional and sappy and cheesy, but that's exactly what's expected with a film like this.
Get ready for a mind-bending 6-minute journey. A Mind Sang is Vimeo's "Staff Pick Award" winner from this year's Annecy Film Festival for animation. Made by Portuguese filmmaker Vier Nev, the entrancing animated film is about perception, rebirth and transformation. That's really the only good way to describe it, because it's an immersive and deeply engaging film where various images blend and transform. "Animating every sequence took a couple of months because I was animating by myself in between other projects. The animation process was a mix of 2D digital animation and 3D animated references," Vier explains to Vimeo. It's so hypnotizing to watch this, trying to figure out if you can see all the various images and shapes packed into each frame and each transition. I also like the simple colors. "Initially, the film was going to be entirely black and white but I found that there was no good reason not to use color to bring more life into the film."
"I'll be your friend, man." Factory 25 has debuted an official trailer for an indie film titled Tito, written by and directed by and starring Grace Glowicki as the title character, Tito. The film is described in marketing as "a gothic feminist fable" that is "a wholly unique vision of predation, friendship and fear." It is about a man being hunted by sexual predators. Starved of food and surrounded by danger, Tito (played by Glowicki) is on the verge of total breakdown when a friendly neighbor arrives offering hot breakfast and salvation… "Funny, tragic, and surreal, Tito is a story about sexual predation told through a wild and imaginative lens." Also starring Ben Petrie. This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. Reviews say the film "teeters on the edge between buddy movie and experimental, post-apocalyptic nightmare." Strange but compelling.
"From your file, I didn't think you'd make it past the first week…" Dark Sky Films has released the official trailer for an indie sci-fi romantic thriller titled The Honeymoon Phase, marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Phillip G. Carroll Jr. This premiered at the FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia but hasn't shown up anywhere else. Despite looking pretty solid. A struggling couple enter a futuristic experiment to analyze their relationship – room, board, $50,000 and a month alone together – beginning a violent descent into madness with deadly consequences. Starring Mike Sutton and Chloe Carroll as the couple, Tom and Eve, along with François Chau, Tara Westwood, and Ione Butler. This looks intense! Yet another "Black Mirror" sci-fi film playing with relationships and testing the limits of young love. So who's crazy, who isn't?
"The way we carried on, something had to go wrong." Magnolia Pictures has released an official trailer for Out Stealing Horses, a Norwegian drama about a man thinking back on his life and his adolescence. The film originally premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and is finally getting a release in the US this summer after opening in Norway originally more than a year ago. Stellan Skarsgård stars as a man living alone quietly in Norway, who meets a new neighbor that he recognizes as someone from his youth. This takes him back to the summer of 1948 when he was 15 years old, and the events that summer that changed his life forever. Also starring Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelmann, Jon Ranes, and Danica Curcic. This is an excellent trailer for this unique Norwegian film, more than just a coming-of-age story. I caught this at Berlinale and quite liked it, praising the film's "striking visuals & strong sound design." Worth a look.
"They're watiing for you." Brainstorm Media has debuted the first trailer for an indie horror titled Ravage, which seems to be inspired by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This first premiered at the GenreBlast Film Festival last year and hit a number of other genre festivals including Screamfest, Horrible Imaginings, and Dead by Dawn. The last old growth forest on the Eastern Seaboard - a place far removed from civilization. Harper Sykes finds herself a witness to something she doesn't understand. Now they want to kill her. Will she become like them in order to survive? Or become something even worse? Starring Annabelle Dexter-Jones as a nature photographer who fights her way out of the woods when strange culprits capture her. The cast includes Bruce Dern, Eric Nelsen, Joshua Brady, and Robert Longstreet. This looks terrifying.
"Don't leave me to those lunatics." The Match Factory has released an official promo trailer for a Swiss indie drama titled My Wonderful Wanda, which was part of the Tribeca Film Festival line-up earlier this year. The film is the latest from Swiss filmmaker Bettina Oberli, and is still seeking international distribution. Agnieszka Grochowska stars as the titular Wanda, a Polish immigrant working as a carer in Switzerland. She nurses the aging patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor family. When an unexpected complication arises, family secrets come to light and arrangements are made to try and appease everyone in this biting family drama. Sounds like a more serious Swiss version of Knives Out. Also starring Gottfried Breitfuss, André Jung, Marthe Keller, Birgit Minichmayr, Bruno Rajski, Iwo Rajski, & Anatole Taubman. This looks like an emotionally resonant drama about how money warps minds, especially family members.
"Sadness is a hair away from melancholy…" Astrakan Film has released the first teaser trailer for an indie drama titled Lost Girls & Love Hotels, the latest from Swedish filmmaker William Olsson (An American Affair). Set in Tokyo and adapted from Catherine Hanrahan's novel, the film is about an American woman trying to forget her past drifting around dangerous nightlife. Alexandra Daddario stars as Margaret, co-starring with Takehiro Hira as a Yakuza gangster named Kazu, and a cast including Carice van Houten, Misuzu Kanno, and Kate Easton. It's described as "an intoxicating exploration of contemporary Tokyo's duality… [it's] a provocative journey inviting you to get lost within the darkest corridors of Japan in hopes of experiencing fleeting moments of beauty." This is just a teaser as the film is slated for release in September this year. Haven't heard of this before but looks good. Always down for films in Tokyo about the city's allure.
"It's not about what it looks like, it's how it makes you feel." Artificial Eye in the UK has released an official trailer for an indie psychological drama titled Make Up, marking the feature directorial debut of English filmmaker Claire Oakley. This initially premiered at the London Film Festival last year, and it also played at the Rotterdam, Göteborg, and Glasgow Film Festivals this year. While at a remote holiday park in Cornwall, a young woman is drawn into a mysterious obsession when she suspects her boyfriend has cheated on her. The official synopsis adds: "Transforming her remote coastal setting into an intangible labyrinth of creeping intrigue, Claire Oakley inventively flirts with genre conventions to weave a singular tale of self-acceptance and sexual awakening." I'm intrigued. Molly Windsor stars as Ruth, with a cast including Joseph Quinn, Stefanie Martini, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Lisa Palfrey, and Elodie Wilton. This looks very moody and hauntingly atmospheric, yet also alluring and compelling. They definitely got my attention with this trailer.
This short film originally premiered in 2018, and won the Best Short Film award at the Annecy Film Festival that year. After two years it's finally online and I am more than happy to share it! One of the best and most creative animated shorts I've ever seen. Bloeistraat 11 (which translates to Bloomstreet 11 in English) is made by Dutch filmmaker Nienke Deutz based in Rotterdam. The film is about best friends spending their last summer holiday of childhood amusing themselves around the house. As summer progresses their bodies start to morph and shift and an awkwardness descends on their friendship. Puberty seems determined to interrupt their bond. I absolutely love the visual style of this - using transparent sheeting to animate the characters interacting with a stop-motion-esque tiny set. A one-of-a-kind film - the story and the technique.
"I wasn't prepared for the entire world picking your body apart." Quiver Distribution has just released an official trailer for an indie documentary called Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies, from Time Warp filmmaker Danny Wolf. The film, which hasn't played at any festivals, is described as the "definitive documentary on the history of nudity in feature films from the early silent days to the present." It features revealing interviews with actors including Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula) as well as directors like Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon), Kevin Smith (Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Clerks) and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless). This almost sounds like a doc version of that cringey, creeper site Mr. Skin, but thankfully it's not that bad. Seems to be a way to discuss and examine the evolution of nudity in cinema. Worth a look.
"No no no!" Universal has officially announced that the next Halloween sequel, titled Halloween Kills, has been delayed from October of this year until October 2021. This is the next sequel in the brand new trilogy (Halloween in 2018, Halloween Kills coming up, ending with Halloween Ends in 2022) and it's once again directed by David Gordon Green. No plot details have been revealed yet. The film is finished and ready to go, with plans to open in October of this year, but the pandemic has forced them to wait and hold it for an extra year. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, joined by Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle playing "The Shape". While we all accept the fact that this will be delayed an extra year, they have released a 30 second teaser to keep us satiated. View below.