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"We never thought it would happen to us." Three years later, and they still didn't think it would happen! Ha. Magnolia Pictures has debuted a new US trailer for the US release of the Swedish disaster-thriller titled The Unthinkable. This originally premiered in Sweden back in 2018, and we featured a trailer years ago, but it's only now showing up in the US three years later. It's midsummer and Sweden wakes up to a state of emergency. All the networks are down, and before anyone realizes what's behind the collapse, a series of unexplained attacks take place around the country. Alex returns to his childhood village, and as old feelings come back to the surface, more mysterious attacks plunge Sweden into chaos & confusion. The Unthinkable is "about time running out, and protecting what matters most." Starring Christoffer Nordenrot, Lisa Henni, Jesper Barkselius, Pia Halvorsen, and Magnus Sundberg. No idea why this took so long to get a US release, but it does look like it has some fun apocalyptic thrills. I really hope it's not a big let down.
"I need to show them that they can't beat me." Music Box Films has released an official trailer for the indie film The Perfect Candidate, the latest film co-written & directed by acclaimed Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour. She first broke out with the beloved indie Wadjda, made a few films in Hollywood, then went back to tell this distinctly Saudi Arabian story. It's about a female doctor who, despite intense pressure and criticism, decides to run for council in order to improve the roadway to her medical practice. "Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal." Starring Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Nourah Al Awad, and Khalid Abdulrhim. This premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, and it also played at the Toronto, Zurich, Palm Springs, Sundance Film Festivals. I initially caught this back in Venice and raved about it in my review then, as an "inspiring & uplifting film" that anyone from any culture can easily connect with. It's highly recommended.
"I will kill everyone linked to you." Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for a crazy fun Korean action thriller movie called Deliver Us From Evil, from filmmaker Won-Chon Hong, best known as the screenwriter of The Chaser, The Scam, The Yellow Sea, and Confession of Murder. This is actually more of a half Korea, half Thailand production, as most of the film is spent in Thailand. The film follows In-nam, a hitman who plans to retire after completing one final hit, but finds himself linked to a kidnapping case in Thailand and targeted by Ray, the man whose sibling he assassinated previously. Starring Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae, Park Jung-min, and Choi Hee-seo. Featuring music by Mowg. This looks super stylish and intense, thanks to a lot of kick ass practical action filmed in Thailand. This looks like it's a must watch for anyone that's a fan of international action cinema and complex, twisty hitman plots. Check it out.
"Don't read the comments." Film Movement has revealed yet another new US trailer for the Dutch revenge thriller The Columnist, from filmmaker Ivo van Aart. This premiered at numerous genre film festivals last year including Fantasia, FrightFest, and the Telluride Horror Show. Columnist and author Femke is flooded with anonymous nasty messages and death threats on social media. One day she has enough and decides to take revenge. A "cautionary tale" about what happens when someone decides to go after the mean comments online. Starring Katja Herbers as Femke, with Genio de Groot, Rein Hofman, Bram van der Kelen, and Achraf Koutet. This looks so wicked, twisted, and provocative. From Zofia's review: "The Columnist is a thought-provoking, controversial picture that is an absolute must watch." Oh I really need to see this film.
Toho in Japan has unveiled the first official trailer for the new film titled Belle made by acclaimed, award-winning Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda (of the films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast, and Mirai). The short title is just Belle (perhaps a reference to Beauty and the Beast), but the film's full Japanese title is Belle: The Princess of Dragons and Freckles and it's currently set to tour in Japan this summer. The film is about a teenage girl who lives between modern-day Japan and a virtual world called "U." The story follows her as she makes a new friend and "embarks on a journey of adventures and love both in their quest of becoming who they truly are." This trailer asks a lot of questions - who is she, why is she so popular, why does she have to hide her face, who are these bad guys? I'm very curious to see more from this, but it looks quite magnificent already. Check it out.
"Either my husband dies or I die." Netflix has released an official trailer for a Japanese indie drama titled Ride or Die, the latest from prolific filmmaker Ryuichi Hiroki. If you love me, destroy everything. A road movie about two women on the run with nowhere to go, depicting what it means to love someone, and to protect the one you love. Rei (Kiko Mizuhara) helps the woman she's been in love with for years escape her abusive husband. And while on the run, their feelings for each other begin to catch fire. As they turn to each other for love, Rei and Nanae soon find themselves struggling with incompatible emotions. This intimate romantic road thriller stars Kiko Mizuhara as Rei, and Honami Sato as Nanae. The film hasn't opened anywhere else yet and is getting a simultaneous release in Japan and USA starting this April on Netflix. This looks very good, with a dash of Gone Girl as the two try to find solace. And all the posters are gorgeous, too.
"Through this music, we are shown the path to the Divine." Netflix has unveiled the trailer for a musician drama from India titled The Disciple, which first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year and won Best Screenplay there. It also stopped by the Toronto, Zurich, New York, and London Film Fests last year, which is an indication this is worth your time. Self-doubt, sacrifice and struggle converge into an existential crisis for a devoted classical vocalist as the mastery he strives for remains elusive. Based on the true story of singer Sharad Nerulkar. The film stars an exemplary cast: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat, and Kiran Yadnyopavit, among others. "Catch The Disciple strike all the right chords on 30th April, on Netflix." From the same director behind the underrated Indian drama Court. This is getting rave reviews and looks like a moving story of perseverance. Subtitles by clicking "cc".
"Sings and sparkles!" Samuel Goldwyn Films has released a second official US trailer for the award-winning film Another Round, which now has two Oscar nominations for Best Director + Best International Film. It was originally selected for Cannes, but eventually premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this fall, and was one of my Top 10 of 2020. The film follows four teachers who embark on an experiment where they each sustain a certain level of alcohol intoxication during their everyday life, believing that all people in general would benefit from a bit higher Blood Alcohol Content. Of course, things start to get out of hand… Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, and Maria Bonnevie. This new trailer is pretty much a "look at all the awards we've received and these two Oscar nominations!" Which is all good by me if they want to show off, because this is a tremendous film that offers joy and happiness in addition to all the dark sides of life. And it's now available to watch on VOD for those who still hasn't seen it.
"Your worst enemies are hiding inside…" Metrograph Pictures has debuted a new re-release trailer for an underseen film from Claire Denis' acclaimed repertoire called L'Intrus, which translates to The Intruder. This first premiered at the 2004 Venice & Toronto Film Festivals, then opened in France and America in 2005. The simple synopsis is too simple: An emotionally cold man leaves the safety of his Alpine home to seek a heart transplant and an estranged son. Metrograph reminds this is an adaptation of "an unadaptable essay by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy" and was a chance for Denis to push her "elliptical style to the extreme and [transform] the logic and laws of narrative." It's shot on Super 35 by cinematographer Agnés Godard, featuring music by Tindersticks. The film stars Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, and Florence Loiret-Caille. And if you need any more convincing, the film has lots of dogs in it. Take a look.
"Life's not… it's not perfect." KimStim has released an official US trailer for a Norwegian indie drama titled Hope, which originally premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival a few years ago and it already open in Norway that same year. It then played at the 2020 Palm Springs and Berlin Film Festivals, and is arriving in theaters starting this April in the US. KimStim is proud to present the US theatrical release of Hope, the award-winning film written & directed by Maria Sødahl, starring Stellan Skarsgård and Andrea Bræin Hovig. Norway's Official Selection and Shortlisted Entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. Hope is based on the true story and experiences of director Maria Sødahl whose terminal cancer diagnosis led to a nine-year hiatus from filmmaking. The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test. This looks like an incredibly affecting story about, of course, the power of hope.
"Sir. Get the hell out of here." Well Go USA has released a new trailer for Morgue, an indie supernatural horror-thriller from Paraguayan director Hugo Cardozo. This already opened in Paraguay and stopped by the Sitges Film Festival last year, and is opening on VOD in the US this April. The story is about a night that Diego Martínez is locked inside the morgue of the Regional Hospital of Encarnación and recounts the odd paranormal events that the security guard spent. Starring Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch, Raúl Rotela, and Francisco Ayala. It looks creepy, and it reminds me a lot of The Autopsy of Jane Doe at first glance. Horror fans shouldn't miss this.
"You and I, we should turn the page." Watch this official trailer for the indie drama The Man Who Sold His Skin, from Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania. This is one of the five Best International Feature nominees at the Oscars this year, an interesting choice considering the quality of all the films submitted. But I quite like this one, it's bold and provocative in many ways. Yahya Mahayni stars as Sam Ali, a Syrian refugee who agrees to have a European visa tattooed on his back. His own body turned into a living work of art and promptly exhibited in a museum, Sam will soon realize to have sold away more than just his skin. The film is "a meeting between two worlds, it is a film about art and creation… [and] about using human beings as commodities – a Faustian pact between the privileged and the damned. It is a film that will seduce you! It is a gorgeously shot, controversial, satirical art-world, story." Also starring Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw, and Monica Bellucci. I highly recommend keeping an eye out for this - it's a must watch discovery.