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"I am just a woman…" The Match Factory has released an official promo trailer for a German film titled A Regular Woman, originally Nur Eine Frau (or "Just a Woman") in German, made by filmmaker Sherry Hormann. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, but is still seeking international distribution outside of Germany. The film is based on the true story of Hatun Aynur Sürücü, whose murder caused an outcry in 2005. It tells of her struggle for a free, self-determined life in the face of her family's intense opposition. Her brothers refuse to accept her lifestyle, and insults & threats continue to escalate. Finally, the young woman reports her oldest brother to the police. But this won't save her in the end… Starring Almila Bagriacik as Aynur, with a cast including Rauand Taleb, Meral Perin, Mürtüz Yolcu, Armin Wahedi, and Aram Arami. A sad story of how hard it is to live a free life, no matter where you're from. Definitely worth a look.
"Hot guys crossing Europe by bus… Things are definitely gonna happen." Peccadillo Pictures has debuted an official UK trailer for an amusing French gay comedy titled The Shiny Shrimps, also Les Crevettes Pailletées originally in French. Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach "The Shiny Shrimps", a flamboyant and amateur gay water-polo team. They have only one goal in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBTQ athletes compete. But the guys are more interested in partying than practicing, unless Le Goff can get them in line. Nicolas Gob stars as Le Goff, with a cast including Alban Lenoir, Michaël Abiteboul, David Baïot, Romain Lancry, Roland Menou, Geoffrey Couët, Romain Brau, Félix Martinez, Maïa Quesemand, and Pierre Samuel. This reminds me of Sink or Swim, another French water sports all-male-team comedy from last year. This film looks kinky and fun, and just wee a bit cheesy.
"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.
"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.
Can this Kung Fu League help save the day? Chinese distributor United Entertainment Partners released this Hong Kong action comedy last fall. This is not a new trailer, but we never featured it whenever it first appeared last year. So why not now…! (Thanks to a tip from Rob.) It looks crazy fun, and super cheesy, and perhaps some renewed interest in this will help it get an international release. Kung Fu League is a big-hearted comedy about a comic book artist nerd who "summons four legendary Kung Fu masters to learn the highest level of martial arts" so he can win the heart of a girl at his office. It's the latest film from Kung Fu Hustle director Jeffrey Lau, and already opened in theaters in China last year. Starring Ashin as Fei Ying Xiong, Kwok-Kwan Chan, Jay Chou, Madina Memet, Andy On, Yu-Hang To, and Vincent Zhao. The four masters he summons are: Ip Man, Chen Zhen, Master Wong, and Huo Yuan Jia. Enjoy the trailer.
"Everything here is strange." Sony Classics has released one more official US trailer for Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, titled Pain & Glory, or also Dolor y gloria originally in Spanish. This initially premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won Best Actor. Antonio Banderas stars as Salvador Mallo, a Spanish filmmaker, in what is essentially an autobiographical film about Pedro Almodóvar and his experiences throughout life. This has multiple storylines at different times in his life, including his first love, and reconnecting with an old actor later in life. Almodóvar's "Pain & Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one's own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador [Mallo] finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation." Also starring Penélope Cruz, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia, Cecilia Roth, Raúl Arévalo, Julieta Serrano, Nora Navas, Rosalía, and Agustín Almodóvar. In theaters this October.
"The devil made him bite his own tongue." Screen has debuted a festival promo trailer for the Indonesian indie drama title The Science of Fictions, also known as Hiruk-pikuk si al-kisah originally. This film is premiering at the Locarno Film Festival coming up this month, and this trailer is hoping to build up some interest so it can find distributors around the world. The Science of Fictions seems to be a fable about "fake news", referencing the Moon landing which occurred 50 years ago. The film tells the story of a mute man who witnesses a fake moon landing, and tries to convince people in his village what he saw by dancing and wearing space outfits. But he's "forced into silence, the truth weighs heavier on his shoulders each day" for years, while everyone else thinks he's crazy. Starring Gunawan Maryanto, Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, Ecky Lamoh, Alex Suhendra, Abigail Asmara, and Marissa Anita. Looks a bit wacky, but still compelling.
"Who painting do you want me to replicate?" Signature Entertainment in the UK has unveiled an official trailer for a Hong Kong crime thriller titled The Counterfeiter. This has gone under a few other names, including Project Gutenberg, and the original titles Mou seung (Cantonese) and Wu shuang (Mandarin). The Counterfeiter is described "action-packed, twisty and tension filled crime thriller" akin to The Usual Suspects meets Fight Club, starring Chow Yun-Fat as a criminal mastermind known as the "Painter". The Hong Kong police are hunting a masterful counterfeiting gang. In order to crack the leader "Painter's" true identity, the police recruits gang member Lee Man to unmask him. This also stars Aaron Kwok, Jingchu Zhang, Catherine Chau, Joyce Wenjuan Feng, David Yao-Qing Wang, and Kai Chi Liu. This looks cool, lots of slick counterfeiting along with some heavy action. It might be an entertaining weekend watch.
"Find better than me, you little bastard." Shellac has debuted a festival promo trailer for the indie drama Twelve Thousand, originally titled Douze Mille in French (which just translates to the same). The film is premiering at the Locarn Film Festival coming up in a few weeks, and is seeking international distribution to go along with the initial unveiling. From French filmmaker Nadège Trebal, the film is about a man and a woman. After he loses his illegal job, Frank thinks his wife Maroussia won’t love him anymore. In a bid for equality, he decides to leave in order to make as much money as she does: 12,000, before he returns. "Will Frank succeed in collecting this sum? Will he come back?" Starring Arieh Worthalter, Nadège Trebal, Liv Henneguier, Françoise Lebrun, and Florence Thomassin. Looks quite good - check it out below.
"I heard your sister was going to repair it?" "Yes, that's true." "Dreams don't cost a dime." Screen Daily has debuted the first festival promo trailer for a new Icelandic drama from filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano Sparrows), this one called Echo - or Bergmál in Icelandic. Set during Christmas, the film takes us on a journey into the lives of the people of Iceland. Rúnarsson "uses 56 scenes to create a portrait of modern society. Settings include an abandoned farm on fire in the countryside; a children’s choir singing carols; and a young girl making her grandmother try a new virtual reality headset." Looks like a very beautiful, intimate portrait of modern life in all its splendor. Locarno says: "Whether close or distant, these characters struggle with their solitude, their fears, their generosity, their present and their past. A contemporary panorama by turns ironic and caustic, Echo allows each character to question their place in the society they [now] live in."
"Come and fetch me." Celluloid Dreams has debuted a promo trailer for an indie film titled The Painted Bird, which is premiering at the Venice Film Festival this fall playing in competition. Written & directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul (Smart Philip, Tobruk), the film is adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's classic novel of the same name, about a young Jewish boy wandering around Eastern Europe alone during WWII. The B&W 35mm film is described as an "evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II." The Painted Bird is a deeply dramatic story examining the immediate relationship between terror and cruelty on one side and innocence and love on the other. Starring Petr Kotlár as The Boy, with a cast including Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands, Lech Dyblik, Aleksey Kravchenko, Petr Vaněk, and Barry Pepper. This looks intense and evocative, a work of cinematic art.
"An astonishment." Grasshopper Film has unveiled an official trailer for an intriguing cinema project titled La Flor, made by Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás. A decade in the making, La Flor is a 14-hour long film (yeah, seriously) that is being shown in four parts. La Flor "robs" the cinema in six episodes. Each episode corresponds to a cinematographic genre. The first is a "B-series", as the Americans used to do. The second is a musical melodrama with a hint of mystery. The third is a spy movie. The fourth is an abyss of cinema. The fifth revisits an old French film. The sixth speaks of captive women in the 19th century. These six episodes, these six genres have one thing in common: their four actresses. Starring Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. This is really only for die-hard cinema nerds who feel the need to sit through it, because 14 hours is a bit much - even if it does look cool. It premiered at the Buenos Aires Film Festival, then at the Locarno, Toronto, Vienna, and the New York Film Festival last year.