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"What I'm going to do with this instrument is something you've never heard!" 606 Distribution has just released the first official UK trailer for a French indie film titled The Shock of the Future, the feature directorial debut of musician Marc Collin. Collin is best known as the founder, with Olivier Libaux, of the project Nouvelle Vague, and has composed music for a few other films, too. Set in Paris in the late 70s, the film is about a woman named Ana who develops the "sound of the future" - some of the very first electronic music. Featuring the songs of Cerrone, Throbbing Gristle, Suicide, "Collin crafts a heartfelt tribute to the forgotten female electronic musical pioneers such a Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Spiegel and Suzanne Ciani told through the eyes of Ana, played with a ferocious charm by newcomer Alma Jodorowsky." Alma is the granddaughter of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and she has appeared in a few other films before. The cast includes Clara Luciani, Philippe Rebbot, Laurent Papot, as well as Corine. This looks groovy and funkadelic.
"If you don't change your position, I can't protect you…" Vision Films has debuted an official trailer for an action thriller titled Eternal Code, the latest film made by Swedish actor / filmmaker Harley Wallen. A genetic research company creates a revolutionary invention to sustain life, but can only finish developing it through illegal methods. When the CEO pulls the plug and steps away from their original deal she quickly realizes they will stop at nothing to get it back. Her family is kidnapped, and their daughter works to figure out a way to save them from those who "would kill to live forever." Starring Scout Taylor-Compton as a merc, plus Erika Hoveland, Billy Wirth, Harley Wallen, Angelina Danielle Cama, Yan Birch, Mel Novak, Kaiti Wallen, and Damien Chinappi. This looks terribly generic and bland, but it's free to look.
"A truly clever pop musician can do so much with so little." 1091 Media / The Orchard has released an official US trailer for an indie music documentary called Shut Up and Play the Piano, a profile of the pop music icon known as Chilly Gonzales. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and is finally getting a release in the US next month for those who have been waiting to see it. The doc film follows Grammy-winning musician Chilly Gonzales (real name: Jason Charles Beck born in Montreal) on his rise from Canada to the world's great philharmonic halls. "Using Gonzales' extensive video archive in a rather unorthodox manner, Shut Up & Play the Piano explores his persona by interweaving newly shot interviews and concert scenes with fictional materials of totally different time periods. Reality and fiction blur together as we embark on a trip through Chilly Gonzales' world." I caught this film at Berlinale and it was one of my favorite films of that year, and it made me a huge fan of Chilly. Here's my full review - a brilliant discovery.
"The first trick to learning your lines is to stop worrying." Kino Lorber has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Chained for Life, the latest film made by indie filmmaker Aaron Schimberg (Go Down Death). This premiered at BAMcinemaFest last year, and it also played at Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, as well as the Mill Valley, New Hampshire, London, Thessaloniki, Bucheon, and Cork Film Festivals. "Building on the promise of his hallucinogenic debut Go Down Death, Brooklyn filmmaker Aaron Schimberg delivers another brilliantly oddball, acerbically funny foray into gonzo surrealism." The film is about a young actress making a low budget horror film, who is cast alongside a man with a deformity, and a number of other actors with physical differences. Jess Weixler co-stars with Adam Pearson playing Rosenthal, and a cast including Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo, Sari Lennick, and Rayvin Disla. It's an odd, melancholic film.
Teaser mania! Creating and premiering a perfect teaser trailer is an art. Or at least, it used to be, a long lost art that Hollywood doesn't seem to care much about anymore. There are a few exceptions - Christopher Nolan's teaser trailers still have an art to them, showing little (or sometimes no footage) yet still making us excited for what's to come. Our friend Anton Volkov recently wrote an article wondering if teaser trailers are dying out, saying: "in today's age of spoiler paranoia, one would think that these more-restrained looks at upcoming films would be more beneficial, as more audiences start to care about not having their experience of seeing the full film for the first time ruined." Teasers had their golden age in the 1980s, and that lasted through the 1990s, too. Recently a number of teasers only available on 35mm or on VHS have appeared on YouTube, and below we've featured 12 of them you must see for yourself. A look back at Hollywood history.
"You have a new perspective." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for an odd indie film titled Auggie, the feature directorial debut of English actor / filmmaker Matt Kane. This premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival this year, and also played at the Newport Beach, Greenwich, and Provincetown Film Festivals. From the looks of it, this seems like another kooky film much like Lars and the Real Girl about a man who falls in love with a fake woman. In Auggie, Richard Kind plays Felix Greystone, who is forced into early retirement and falls in love with an augmented reality companion, damaging his relationship with his wife and daughter. The cast includes Christen Harper as Auggie, plus Larisa Oleynik, Christine Donlon, Susan Blackwell, Steven M. Robertson, and James C. Victor. This seems way more sad and depressing than expected, but it's supposed to be a cautionary tale about technology and our addiction to it.
"The photograph - what are the chances that you might find this?" Freestyle Digital Media has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Last Photograph, the latest feature film directed by actor / filmmaker Danny Huston (he also made Mr. North, Becoming Colette, The Maddening). Huston also stars as a father who cherishes the last photo he has of him with his son before he was killed in a plane crash. "A moment of happiness caught on camera: father and son at a dinner together days before Christmas." But the photo is stolen, so he goes on a search to find the thieves and get it back. "Will his search help regain the sanity he lost on that murderous night?" The cast includes Johan Hauer-King, Stacy Martin, Sarita Choudhury, Vincent Regan, Michelle Ryan, and Jaime Winstone. This played at a few film festivals last year, and is getting a VOD release next month. Looks like an emotional story about grief and memory.
"Rich people are really gullible." Neon has debuted the first full US trailer for Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece Parasite, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. This is hands-down one of the best films of the year, and it's getting a theatrical release starting in October after playing at TIFF and NYFF. An unemployed, impoverished Korean family works their way into the home of the wealthy and glamorous Parks, until they get entangled in an unexpected incident. The film stars Song Kang-ho (Bong's usual lead from Memories of Murder, The Host, Snowpiercer) with Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, plus Park Seo-joon. I LOVE this film, so so so much. I wrote a glowing review of this from Cannes, calling it, "an intelligent, amusing, devious, uniquely-Korean script that is a total knockout." I've seen it twice already and it's still one of my favorite films of the year. Don't miss it.
"It's time to question where true power lies." Yes it is. Transmission Films revealed this very first trailer for the documentary Capital in the 21st Century earlier in the summer, though we're just catching up to it now. The film premiered at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, but still doesn't have an official release date set yet. Capital in the 21st Century (or Capital in the Twenty-First Century) is an adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name by Thomas Piketty, a searing examination of capitalism and how it has ruined society. Described as an "eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, shining a new light on the world around us and its growing inequalities." These kind of documentaries that tell us the scary truth, that most don't want to hear, are important & must be shared with everyone everywhere. Take a look below.
"I'm busy, you're weird - goodbye!" Universal has unveiled an official trailer for Last Christmas, the next film from Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, Ghostbusters, A Simple Favor). This time he has made a more straight-forward romantic comedy about a young woman who wants her life to start turning for the better. Her latest job is working as an elf at Santa's workshop, but it's there she meets a man named Tom. Emilia Clarke stars, with Henry Golding, and a cast including Emma Thompson (who co-wrote the screenplay), Michelle Yeoh, Patti LuPone, Ingrid Oliver, and Lydia Leonard. Last Christmas also features the music of George Michael, including the bittersweet holiday classic of the film's title. The film will also premiere brand new unreleased material by the legendary Grammy-winning artist. This looks extra schmaltzy like pretty much every other romantic comedy, but there also seems to be tiny hints of a big twist.
"I was hoping to talk to you about a proposition." Netflix has debuted the trailer for a romantic comedy titled Falling Inn Love, which is the cheesiest way of hinting that this cliche love story is centered around an inn. Of course it is. From the director of Cruel Intentions and "Suits", Falling Inn Love is about a city girl who surprisingly enters a contest and wins a rustic New Zealand inn. She decides to patch it up and sell it, and in the process meets a hunky man who helps her repair the place. Christina Milian stars as Gabriela, with Adam Demos, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Anna Jullienne, Claire Chitham, Blair Strang, Jonathan Martin, William Walker, Daniel Watterson, and Simone Walker. This looks as cheesy and as cliche as they come, with all the usual romcom tropes, like an exotic location and a bearded bachelor.
"I wish someone would marry you, so I could quit worrying." Lionsgate has released the first official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled The Weekend, the latest from up-and-coming Canadian filmmaker Stella Meghie (Jean of the Joneses, Everything Everything). This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and also stopped by SXSW and AFI Fest. Sasheer Zamata plays Zadie, a stand-up comedian and, as she puts it, "extremely single." It has been three years since she split up with Bradford but they're still friends, so when Zadie invites him to her mother's bed and breakfast, he brings along his current girlfriend, Margo. As the weekend progresses, no one is spared from "Zadie's acerbic wit", but things get even wilder when Aubrey, a handsome stranger from Montreal, shows up. This also stars Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise, Kym Whitley, Y'lan Noel, and Josefina Landeros. Looks zany & fun, filled with brutally honest humor.