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"Do you believe that we have the right to be happy if it hurts other people?" Film Movement has debuted an official US trailer for the acclaimed Guatemalan drama Tremors, not to be confused with the monster movie cult classic of the same name. Originally titled Temblores in Spanish, the film is about the coming out of an evangelical patriarch, which shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and has stopped by numerous other major festivals including Seattle, Outfest, San Sebastián, Athens, Vancouver, London, and Chicago. Starring Juan Pablo Olyslager, Mauricio Armas, Diane Bathen, María Telón, and Sergio Luna. This has been receiving rave reviews from critics, who say it has "extraordinary nuance [and] compassion." Definitely worth a look.
"Pashka, a dog, be a dog." Kino Lorber has unveiled the official US trailer for an acclaimed Russian drama titled Beanpole, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. After winning the Best Director in Un Certain Regard award in Cannes, the film has gone on to play at the Telluride, Toronto, Hamburg, London, Busan, and New York Film Festivals this fall. Beanpole is made by a 28-year-old Russian filmmaker named Kantemir Balagov. Set in the city of Leningrad (now known as Saint Petersburg), in 1945 at the end of WWII, two women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Described as a "richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war." Starring Viktoria Miroshnichenko & Vasilisa Perelygina. This definitely won't be for everyone; some critics are flipping for it, others not so much. Worth a look anyway, at least for the distinct "painterly" style.
"There is no room for weakness in Georgian dance." Peccadillo Pictures in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for the acclaimed Georgian indie drama And Then We Danced, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer. It's also playing at the London & Chicago Film Festivals this fall. The story is about a carefree dancer named Irakli who arrives at the National Georgian Ensemble, causing fellow dancer Merab to push himself more all the while he falls hard for him. The film is an "interesting look into a part of the world not so many people are familiar with but also a heartfelt movie about the importance of being free." This stars Ana Javakhishvili, Anano Makharadze, Bachi Valishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli, Levan Gelbakhiani, Ninutsa Gabisonia. This film was one of the most beloved discoveries at Cannes this year, and is playing to rave reviews at other festivals recently, too. This trailer should get your attention.
"Those kids don't know they're on a suicide mission, do they?" Well Go USA has released the official US trailer for the Korean war movie titled The Battle of Jangsari, the latest from Korean director Kyung-taek Kwak (Eye for an Eye, Friend, The Classified File). As the title indicates, the movie is about the "Battle of Jangsari", also known as the Battle of Incheon during the Korean War in 1950. During a critical point in the brutal Korean War, a small, inexperienced battalion of student soldiers are tasked with liberating the strategic location of Incheon. With little ammunition, low food supplies and only second-hand weapons, the soldiers head for the frontlines of Jangsari beach. Based on a true story. The cast includes Kim Myung-Min, Minho Choi, Sung-Cheol Kim, In-kwon Kim, Si-Yang Kwak, George Eads, and Megan Fox strangely enough. This is opening in US theaters this very weekend if anyone wants to see it on a big screen.
"You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all." Neon has released one final official US trailer for Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece Parasite, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. The film is opening in US theaters starting on October 11th later this month, after playing at TIFF and NYFF as well. 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, it's unquestionably one of the best of the decade - not even hyperbole. I wrote a glowing review of this from Cannes, calling it, "an intelligent, amusing, devious, uniquely-Korean script that is a total knockout." Do not miss this in theaters.
"We have to climb to the top ourselves." Well Go USA has debuted an official US trailer for the intense new Chinese adventure movie The Climbers, the latest creation from award-winning Chinese filmmaker Daniel Lee (of Three Kingdoms, 14 Blades, White Vengeance, Dragon Blade, Time Raiders). Mount Everest - the second step under the cliff. The four members of the China Everest Climbing Commando are attacking the most difficult and most dangerous "second step". This is their fifth attempt. The first four failures have cost them too much physical strength - finally, the wind and snow stop… This film tells the story of the Chinese team to summit Mount Everest from the North Ridge (through Tibet), the first people to do so in 1960. The ensemble cast stars Wu Jing, Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Yi, Jing Boran, Hu Ge, Long Chen, Duobujie, with Jackie Chan. I love climbing movies, but they're always so excruciatingly exaggerated and filled with CGI shots galore. This looks epic, but also looks like Chinese nationalism at its finest. Get to the top! See below.
Kick right into this. An early trailer has arrived online for the film being called Chasing Dream, originally titled Chihuo Quan Wang in Chinese. The film is the latest from Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To, who hasn't made anything since Three in 2016. He's back with this intense romantic drama, about a relationship between a young MMA fighter / boxer and a young women who wants to become a singer (in a punk band, I guess?). Wow. How original. A passionate love story between a brutal man and a woman who loves to sing? We've never seen that before… There's not much footage in this first trailer, perhaps only a teaser, but it is something at least. Chasing Dream stars Jacky Heung and Keru Wang. I doubt this will end up playing outside of China, but you never know; only time will tell. This is our first glimpse so far - take a look below.
"A film of meticulous details and sly, subtle ironies." Grasshopper Film has debuted an official US trailer for the cult hit German indie film In My Room, which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year more than a year ago. They're finally releasing this hidden gem in US cinemas starting this October, for anyone who still wants to catch up with it. In My Room is about a man, played by Hans Löw, who wakes up one day to discover he is the only person left alive on the entire planet. But this isn't really a sci-fi film, it's more of a low-key drama that plays this scenario out to the fullest. He builds a home and starts living on his own there. I saw this at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last year and I seriously loved it, writing a glowing review saying it's a "brilliant" film that provides unique "commentary about relationships and humanity and life on this planet." This is a very odd, brief trailer that doesn't show much - perhaps that's best for this film.
"What are our chances for a pardon now?" Signature Entertainment in the UK have debuted this official UK trailer for the Norwegian true story drama Congo, originally titled Mordene i Kongo (which translates to The Murders in Congo). In the spring of 2009 two Norwegian adventurers, Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland, are accused of killing their hired driver just before crossing into the eastern Congo. The following manhunt starts a political and diplomatic headache. Congo is the unfathomable and controversial real-life story and murder case that shocked the world. Described as "hard-hitting and often harrowing" in reviews. Aksel Hennie (from The Martian) and Tobias Santelmann (from The Last Kingdom) star as the friends whose journey into the Congo turns into a waking nightmare. Tobias Santelmann already won two key Best Actor awards in Norway. Also starring Ine F. Jansen, Dennis Storhøi, Tone Danielsen, and Anthony Oseyemi. This looks like a very tricky, riveting international thriller about the turbulent times we live in.
"Is that young queen still refusing to submit to company rule?" Roadside Attractions has just unveiled an official US trailer for an Indian historical action drama titled The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, also known as Swords and Sceptres: The Rani of Jhansi while in development. A tale of women's empowerment, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi tells the true story of Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. She is played by Devika Bhise in this film, and seems to be a bonafide warrior of both past & present. The full cast includes Jodhi May, Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Nathaniel Parker, Ben Lamb, Omar Malik, R. Bhakti Klein, Arif Zakaria, and Yatin Karyekar. This looks especially cheesy, and if it weren't a true story, I'd say this is worth skipping. But it does look like an inspiring story. "We will fight for what is ours, and we will win."
"You can't take money to the grave." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted a new official US trailer for the Italian mafia drama The Traitor, originally titled Il Traditore, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It's stopping by the Toronto Film Festival next, then will be hitting US theaters sometime in early 2020. The film tells the real story of Tommaso Buscetta, the so called "boss of the two worlds", who became the first mafia informant in Sicily in the 1980s. The film received mostly negative reviews out of Cannes, with critics saying that, "there's just no real perspective on Buscetta, which separates this brisk but uninvolving history lesson from the truly great mob movies." The film stars Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Nicola Calì, and Giovanni Calcagno. This looks like an epic retelling of this big mafia trial, but perhaps a bit too indulgent.
"Why do people only remember their past? Why does no one listen to premonitory dreams? Why does the perception of time only travel in one direction? Why is free will an illusion? Why is man only an animal?" Gaspar Noé is back! With a new cut of one of his older films… Who knows why Noé thought now was the right time to bring back Irréversible, but he's premiering a brand new "straight cut" version of the film at the Venice Film Festival this week. Irréversible first shocked audiences in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival, launching Noé's career in a major way. Starring Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, the provocative film is presented in reverse-chronological order showing what happened over the course of one traumatic night in Paris as a woman is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in an underpass. This new version flips things back to normal, showing it in the "correct" chronological order. Because, Noe says, "time reveals all."