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"The enemy has moved in." Gravitas has released a new US trailer for the crazy cool action film Vanguard, starring Jackie Chan - who is still making action films despite announcing he would retire. This time he re-teams with the HK director of his classic action films Supercop, Supercop 2, Rumble in the Bronx, and First Strike - Stanley Tong. An accountant is threatened by the world's deadliest mercenary organization and Covert security company Vanguard is the last hope of survival for him. Of course. This is basically a Michael Bay film made by a Hong Kong director instead. Also starring Yang Yang, Miya Muqi, Lun Ai, Ruohan Xu, and Zhengting Zhu. As brainless as this movie will be, I must admit it looks like a massive amount of explosive action fun - with drones and lions and gatling guns and more. Might be worth a watch.
"Why is the foreman so intent on finding you?" The Match Factory has released an official promo / sales trailer for a Spanish indie film titled Out in the Open, also known as Intemperie in Spanish. Adapted from a novel by Jesús Carrasco, the film is a Spanish fable set in an "Old West" tyrannical and oppressive version of Spain filled with misery and poorness, following a boy who runs away to find freedom. It's the story of a friendship between a boy who undertakes a journey through the desert fleeing from the relentless foreman of the town, and a Goatherd who has long lived outside society. Starring Jaime López as the boy, with Luis Callejo, Luis Tosar, Vicente Romero, Kandido Uranga, Juanjo Pérez Yuste, Adriano Carvalho, and Manolo Caro. This premiered at the Valladolid Film Festival last year, and also played at the Glasgow & Miami Film Festivals this year but has no US release set yet. Definitely worth a look anyway.
"It is precisely when you give up hope that good things happen." Netflix has released an official trailer for The Life Ahead, an emotional Italian drama made by filmmaker Edoardo Ponti starring the one-and-only glorious Sophia Loren. A contemporary adaptation of the international bestseller "The Life Before Us" by Romain Gary. In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business takes in a 12-year-old street kid who recently robbed her. the two lonely individuals find an unlikely family in each other through a deep and unconventional bond. In addition to Loren, the cast also includes Ibrahima Gueye, Renato Carpentieri, Iosif Diego Pirvu, Massimiliano Rossi, Abril Zamora, and Babak Karimi. This looks like a deeply moving and inspiring story of humility and empathy, something we all need more of right now. I have to say - I am very interested in watching. This looks wonderful, and of course now I also want to go visit Bari, too.
"What is it for?" "I want to avenge my wife." Nordisk Film has debuted the full-length official trailer (with English subtitles this time!) for a Danish revenge dark comedy titled Riders of Justice, from filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples, Men & Chicken). The film is opening in Denmark this fall, but still has no international dates set. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Markus, a military vet who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck - but it turns out that it might have been a carefully orchestrated assassination, which his wife ended up being a random casualty of. A few passengers find him and they set out to enact revenge. The cast includes Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Gustav Lindh, Roland Møller, Nicolas Bro, Jacob Lohmann, and Lars Brygmann. This looks so awesome! I love Mads and his beard, but it also seems to be some Danish social commentary mixed in with a brutal revenge story. And I'm so down - can't wait to watch. Don't mess with Mads Mikkelsen! Ha.
Indican Pictures has released an official US trailer for an indie, light-hearted comedy titled The Bra, from German filmmaker Veit Helmer. The film is already out to watch now, but we're just catching up with it at this point. Set in the country of Azerbaijan (nestled between Iran and Georgia) the film tells the story of an aging train driver named Nurlan. To escape from his lonely existence, he embarks on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner of a perky piece of blue underwear that his train snagged off a washing line. He rents a small room in Baku and begins his quest. Starring Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic as Nurlan, with Paz Vega, Denis Levant, Chulpan Khamatova, Maia Morgenstern, and Frankie Wallac. This has the look and feel of an old classic B&W film, something from a time long ago, a comedic quest for love. And this dialogue-free trailer is pretty dang good - emphasizing that this film is entirely dialogue-free, too.
"Bite, before you get bitten." Artsploitation Films has debuted a US trailer for a Korean crime thriller titled Beasts Clawing at Straws, marking the feature directorial debut of Kim Yong-hoon, who used to work in development at CJ Entertainment before getting into filmmaking. The film premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this year, where it won a Special Jury Award. A struggling restaurant owner, caring for his sick mom, finds a bag full of cash in a sauna locker, while a customs officer gets into trouble when his girlfriend runs off with money he borrowed from a loan shark. A group of people violently scheme to get their hands on the elusive Luis Vuitton bag stuffed full of cash. Described as a "witty thriller is a beautifully constructed puzzle that with each double-cross, the pieces fall into place." Starring Jung Woo-sung from Asura: City of Madness and Jeon Do-yeon, plus Bae Sung-woo, Yun Yuh-jung, Jung Man-sik, and Jin Gyeong. This is an odd trailer, there's so much going on it's not easy to make sense of it. Looks brutal.
Nordisk Film has unveiled a short teaser for a Danish revenge dark comedy titled Riders of Justice, from filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples, Men & Chicken). The original Danish title is much more badass: Retfærdighedens ryttere. The film is opening in Denmark this fall, but still has no international dates set. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Markus, a military vet who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck - but it turns out that it might have been a carefully orchestrated assassination, which his wife ended up being a random casualty of. A few passengers find him and they set out to enact revenge. The cast includes Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Gustav Lindh, Roland Møller, Nicolas Bro, Jacob Lohmann, and Lars Brygmann. There's no subtitles with this trailer, but you can still get a glimpse of the film with Mads and his beard. And it looks excellent so far.
"Why do we hurry so much through life when it's moments like this that are worth remembering…" GVN has debuted an official trailer for a mystical, alluring Swedish romantic drama titled Ghabe, by filmmaker Markus Castro. The film premiered at festivals last year, and arrives on VOD later this month. Two Syrian refugees are housed in a cabin deep in the Swedish forest while waiting on residence permit. Monir begins to explore the grand mysterious forests surrounding the cabin. Their powerful presence lures him deeper, confronting him with his traumatic memories of the war. It's here he meets Moa, a young Swedish woman escaping the demands of modern society over the summer. Their curiosity brings them together, protected by the infinite patience of nature. But hidden fears and prejudices cause the summer to slowly slide toward a devastating end. Starring Adel Darwish, Nathalié Williamsdotter, Ahmad Fadel. Have a look below.
"I've never seen anything like that." Whoaaa! A trailer has debuted for a badass action movie from Russia titled Major Grom: Plague Doctor, which is based on a bestselling comic book series from Russia. This is another one of these movies that very coincidentally is now even more relevant with the Plague Mask, which the main anti-hero antagonist character wears, because it has been referenced often during this year's coronavirus pandemic. Police Major Igor Grom is known throughout St. Petersburg for his "penetrative character and irreconcilable attitude" towards criminals of all stripes. But everything changes dramatically with the sudden appearance of a person with the Plague Doctor mask, who violently takes out high society people who have escaped justice because of their wealth and status. This guy exclaims that the city is "sick with the plague of lawlessness." (I kind of like this character…!) The cast includes Tikhon Zhiznevskiy as Grom, with Aleksandr Seteykin, Lyubov Aksyonova, Aleksey Maklakov, Dmitriy Chebotarev, and Oleg Chugunov. This looks so rad WTF awesome! I have to see this whenever it arrives outside of Russia.
"I saw you following me." "Were you with him?" Strand Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for the Spanish dramatic thriller Madre, from acclaimed filmmaker Rodrigo Sorogoyen. This first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, where it won the Venice Horizons Award for Best Actress. It also stopped by the Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, Seville European Film Festival, and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last year. Ten years have passed since Elena's son, then six years old, has disappeared. Today Elena lives and works at a seaside restaurant until she meets a French teenager who reminds her of her missing son. Marta Nieto stars as Elena, with an indie cast including Jules Porier, Alex Brendemühl, Anne Consigny, Frédéric Pierrot, and Guillaume Arnault. This looks very mysterious and suspenseful, with powerful atmospheric cinematography that makes it even more tense to watch. It's definitely worth a look.
"Thieving isn't something you do half-heartedly." GKids has released a new US trailer (with subtitles) for Lupin III: The First, the very first CGI animated Lupin the 3rd movie to be made. There have been many various Lupin the 3rd anime movies in the past, along with the series, but this is something entirely new. It already opened in Japan last year (we featured two trailers) and played at this year's Annecy Film Festival. GKids will finally be giving this a theatrical release in the US sometime later this fall. The iconic "gentleman thief" Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary. "The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made Lupin the 3rd one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new." Featuring the voices of Kan'ichi Kurita, Daisuke Namikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kôichi Yamadera, Kôtarô Yoshida, & Kiyoshi Kobayashi. Can't wait to watch.
"Do you see this kind of thing in Seoul often?" Neon + Artificial Eye have released trailers for the new 4K re-release of Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder, his second feature film that he made in 2003 following Barking Dogs Never Bite. With Parasite taking the world by storm last year (and at the Oscars this year) there's no better time than now to get people back into Bong Joon-ho. This film is considered one of his all-time greatest, and it has been "remastered" in 4K and will be getting a limited release in the US this fall, in addition to the UK. Inspired by true events, it blends true-crime with social satire and even comedy. In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. Song Kang-ho (who later starred in Mr. Vengeance, Thirst, Snowpiercer, Parasite) stars as Detective Park Doo-man. The cast includes Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Roi-ha, Song Jae-ho, Byun Hee-bong, and Go Seo-hee. There's two new posters for each country as well, and info on the theatrical screenings listed below. Highly recommend watching this is you've never seen it.