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Watch: 'The Tunnel' Short Film Follows Refugees in the Euro Tunnel

The Tunnel Short Film

Don't stop running! This film is one of these super tense thrillers where you hold your breath the entire time until it's over. The Tunnel is a remarkable short made by an Iranian filmmaker named Arash Ashtiani based in the UK. Presented by BFI Network and Lush. This is based on true stories. Three refugees run the race of their lives through the Euro Tunnel, trying to beat the trains and overcome their terror in a bid to reach freedom and start new lives in the UK. An interview explains that the The Tunnel "drops us into the tense third act of a larger story Ashtiani is developing with co-writer Daniel Metz." Starring Mohammad Amiri, Ramin Farahani, and George Georgiou. This was not shot on location - it is a set built inside of a studio, and many of the trains are miniatures. Which is even more incredible because it's all so believable.

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 Posted on June 24 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Mysterious Greek Dreamlike Love Story 'Silence 6-9' Promo Trailer

Silence 6-9 Trailer

"What would you miss if you were to disappear?" Screen Daily has revealed an early festival promo trailer for a Greek indie drama titled Silence 6-9, premiering soon at the 2022 Karlovy Vary Film Festival taking place July in Czechia. Aris and Anna meet one evening in a half-abandoned town surrounded by antennas. In this strange, dreamlike world the two solitary souls gradually start to develop feelings for one another… This sounds quite intriguing, not just a simple romance, with much more going on. "This melancholic love story with its mesmeric atmosphere and striking visuals is proof that Greek cinema has lost nothing of its originality." The film stars Angeliki Papoulia and Christos Passalis as Anna and Aris, along with Sofia Kokkali, Maria Skoula, Marisha Triantafyllidou, and Vassilis Karaboulas. Modern Greek cinema is always so strange and peculiar, but also heartfelt and hopeful deep within. This definitely looks intriguing.

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 Posted on June 24 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Final Official Korean Trailer for Park Chan-wook's 'Decision to Leave'

Decision to Leave Trailer

"Bring me the head of that kind detective." CJ Entertainment has revealed another official "main" trailer for Decision to Leave, the latest film from acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. This one premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where Park Chan-wook won the Best Director prize (seen in the photo below the trailer). It was my favorite film of this year's festival, an impeccably made intriguing story of love and murder. A detective investigating a death in the mountains meets the dead man's mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing. It's not as shocking or as crazy as Park's previous films, but it's still a remarkable film anyway. Starring Tang Wei, Park Hae-il, Go Kyung-Pyo, and Lee Jung-Hyun. I wrote in my Cannes review: "More than a detective story about solving crimes, Decision to Leave is a masterful, exquisite romance that makes your heart beat faster." I can't wait to watch it again when it releases this fall.

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 Posted on June 24 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Indie Horror Thriller 'The Summoned' Trailer with J. Quinton Johnson

The Summoned Trailer

"We are baptized in shame, and in shame we live." And shame we must break free from! XYZ Films has revealed an official trailer for The Summoned, an indie horror thriller that's landing on VOD in July. This recently premiered at the 2022 Overlook Film Festival this month, a good horror festival to show a film like this. It's described as a "Faustian morality tale" from a script by Jewish-Ukrainian writer Yuri Baranovsky. Elijah attends a self-help retreat with his rockstar girlfriend Lyn, unaware that the enigmatic doctor, Dr. Frost played by Frederick Stuart, who runs the estate has summoned him here to settle a generations-old supernatural debt. The film stars J. Quinton Johnson as Elijah, with Emma Fitzpatrick, Salvador Chacon, Angela Gulner, and Freddy Douglas. This looks like it has some good thrills and chills, better than your average indie horror. That between-the-legs axe shot is the best shot from the trailer. See below.

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 Posted on June 24 in Horror, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Another Exciting Teaser for Korean Swords & Aliens Movie 'Alienoid'

Alienoid Trailer

"For many years, aliens have kept their prisoners locked inside human bodies." CJ Entertainment in Korea has debuted another new "teaser" trailer for an epic sci-fi movie titled Alienoid. We posted a trailer for this a few weeks ago, but this teaser has even better footage. During the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), Taoists try to take a mysterious holy sword. Meanwhile in present day (in 2022), aliens appear on Earth. A time door soon connects the late Goryeo period and the present day. The two parties cross paths when a time-traveling portal opens, causing chaos and confusion. The science fiction action fantasy features a cast including Ryu Jun-yeol as a master swordsman, Kim Tae-ri as "a woman who shoots thunder", Kim Woo-bin, So Ji-seob, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Eui-eung, Lee Ha-nee, and Jo Woo-jin. It was shot all together but will be released in two sequential parts, instead of one big movie, which means there's going to be a lot going on in this. I think this looks crazy entertaining! I'm sold! Mixing sci-fi and ancient worlds looks like so much fun.

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 Posted on June 24 in Foreign Film, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 6 Comments

Official Trailer for Sex-Positive Doc 'Bloom Up: A Swing Couple Story'

Bloom Up: A Swing Couple Story Trailer

"Would you advise a couple to try swinging?" Kino Lorber has revealed an official trailer for a compelling documentary film titled Bloom Up, in full it's Bloom Up: A Swing Couple Story. Yes, indeed, it's an inside look at the lives of swingers. This premiered at the 2021 Hot Docs Film Festival in Canada last year, arriving in very limited US theaters this summer. Hermes and Betta are a middle-aged Italian couple who run the neighborhood pet store by day and organize extravagant sexual encounters with multiple partners by night. "With this candid, vulnerable, and tender portrait of a relationship, Mauro has captured how there is so much more to the swinger lifestyle than just sex. Though he shows us many intimate moments between his subjects, it’s the emotional nakedness on display that stays with the viewer." The film is directed and shot by Mauro Russo Rouge, who spent a year immersed in the swinger lifestyle of his subjects. Ooh la la… I can certainly appreciate the honesty and openness of this, very curious to see how far it goes with these two.

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 Posted on June 24 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Fun Trailer for 'Honor Society' Teen Comedy Starring Angourie Rice

Honor Society Trailer

"I'll destroy anyone who gets in my way." Paramount has revealed an official trailer for a coming-of-age romantic comedy titled Honor Society, heading to streaming on Paramount+ this summer. The title is a play on words because it's not only about an "honor society" student, but her name is literally Honor. Honor is an ambitious high school senior whose sole focus is getting into Harvard… assuming she can score that recommendation from her guidance counselor. Willing to do whatever it takes, she concocts a deceptive plan to take down her top three student competitors, until things take a turn when she unexpectedly falls for her biggest competition, Michael. Angourie Rice (from The Nice Guys and the Spider-Man movies) stars as Honor, with Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin on "Stranger Things"), Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Armani Jackson, Avery Konrad, Kerry Butler, and Amy Keum. It's nice to see a film actually have a romance that builds with a boy who isn't the most attractive person ever. This one actually looks quite sweet and fun.

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 Posted on June 23 in To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Helen Mirren Tells a War Story in 'White Bird: A Wonder Story' Trailer

White Bird: A Wonder Story Trailer

"In dark times, small things remind us of our humanity." Lionsgate has revealed an official trailer for a movie titled White Bird: A Wonder Story, which is actually a sort-of sequel, more of a spin-off, from the Wonder movie a few years ago starring Jacob Tremblay & Julia Roberts. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this one tells a harrowing WWII survival story. The film is about Julian as he meets his French grandmother, then going back in time as Grandmère tells her heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend. From Marc Forster (director of Finding Neverland and Christopher Robin) White Bird, like Wonder before it, is an emotional story about the ways that even in the most harrowing circumstances, empathy for others can make every difference in the world. Starring Helen Mirren, Gillian Anderson, Bryce Gheisar, Ariella Glaser, and Orlando Schwerdt. This actually looks pretty good, a story about perseverance and bravery and kindness. Worth a look below.

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 Posted on June 23 in To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

New Trailer for 4K Restoration of Kieślowski's 'Three Colors' Trilogy

Three Colors Trilogy 4K

"I want no possessions, no memories, no friends, no lovers – they're all traps." Janus Films has unveiled a brand new trailer for the 4K restoration re-release of the iconic cinema trilogy - Three Colors, from Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. If you've ever studied cinema, you already known about these films, and we've written about them before during another screening series years ago. The trilogy was a co-production between France, Poland and Switzerland, in French language, with the exception of White in both Polish and French. Blue, white, and red are the colors of the French flag, and the story of each film is loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty (Blue), equality (White), fraternity (Red). The trilogy has also been interpreted by film critic Roger Ebert as, respectively, "an anti-tragedy, an anti-comedy, and an anti-romance." This brand new 4K restoration was completed under the supervision of Director of Photography Sławomir Idziak. Opening in NYC first starting this July & August, with a nationwide tour planned late this summer. These films are must see in the cinema! Don't miss them.

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 Posted on June 23 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Red Band Trailer for Lena Dunham's Indie Sex Drama 'Sharp Stick'

Sharp Stick Trailer

"I'm trying to understand how this could've happened to me… Am I bad at sex?" Utopia has revealed an official trailer for the film Sharp Stick, a body-positive, sex-positive indie drama from filmmaker Lena Dunham (she last directed the film Tiny Furniture in 2010). This premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to mixed reviews, exploring the same kind of topics also covered in Palm Trees & Power Lines and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Sarah Jo is a naive 26-year-old girl living on the fringes of Hollywood with her mother and sister. She just longs to be seen. When she begins an affair with her older employer, she is thrust into an education on sexuality, loss and power. When it ends with him, she decides to explore all aspects of sex and pleasure, as a way of growing up. Kristine Froseth stars as Sarah Jo, with Jon Bernthal, Luka Sabbat, Scott Speedman, Lena Dunham, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Taylour Paige, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It's an intriguing film that attempts to discuss sex in a whole new way.

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 Posted on June 23 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Another Double-Booked Horror Thriller - First Trailer for 'Barbarian'

Barbarian Trailer

"This process might seem overwhelming…" 20th Century has revealed the first trailer for Barbarian, yet another rental home horror thriller, this one from actor / filmmaker Zach Cregger. We just posted another trailer a few days ago for a film, Gone in the Night, also about a doubled-booked rental - this is becoming a trend with thrillers. In town for a job interview, a young woman arrives at her Airbnb late at night only to find that her rental has been mistakenly double-booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to stay the night anyway, but soon discovers that there is much more to be afraid of in the house than the other guest. The film stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Matthew Patrick Davis, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, and Jaymes Butler. This looks like it goes to some crazy places once she heads downstairs and finds there's much more going on… Freaky!

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 Posted on June 23 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Promo Trailer for Syrian Refugee Animated Movie 'Lamya's Poem'

Lamya's Poem Trailer

"You were made a writer because someone somewhere needs your words." West End Films has revealed an official promo sales trailer for an indie animated featured titled Lamya's Poem, directed by the writer / producer Alexander Kronemer. This first premiered at the 2021 Annecy Film Festival a year ago, and it also played at the Zurich and Vancouver Film Festivals last year. A young refugee girl fleeing violence and war finds a book of poetry by the celebrated 13th century poet - Rumi. The book becomes a magical gateway where she meets the young Rumi when he was a refugee, escaping the terrible wars of his time. In a shared dream world populated by monsters and other threats that represent the perils they face on their respective journeys, she must help him write the poem that 800 years later will save her life. Featuring the voices of Mena Massoud, Faran Tahir, Millie Davis, Raoul Bhaneja, and Aya Bryn. This looks a bit heavy-handed, but I'm curious about it nonetheless. The voice acting isn't great but seems like an important story.

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 Posted on June 23 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

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