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"Do you really consider yourself a normal citizen?" Signature Ent. has debuted an official UK trailer for a political drama titled The Candidate, originally titled The Realm or also El Reino. This Spanish dramatic thriller is about a politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper exposes the truth to the public. Antonio de la Torre stars as an influential regional vice-secretary "who had everything in his favor to take the leap into national politics", until he gets caught up in a scandal that changes everything. Also starring Mónica López, José María Pou, Bárbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda, Ana Wagener, Luis Zahera, Francisco Reyes, and María de Nati. This premiered at the Toronto & San Sebastian Film Festivals last year, and is getting a UK release this summer but nothing in the US yet. Looks damn good. Perhaps a story real-life politicians should heed.
"Why are you half-naked in my trunk?" Cradle Walk Pictures has released the first official US trailer for the adventure comedy The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, following a young Indian man as he gets lost in travels around Europe. The film is directed by Canadian filmmaker Ken Scott, based on the novel by Romain Puértolas - with the full title "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe". Ajatashatru Lavash Patel has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure - from Paris to Italy to Spain and all over. Indian superstar Dhanush stars, along with an international cast including Erin Moriarty, Bérénice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, and Abel Jafri. This looks charming and amsuing, and just a tiny bit cheesy at times.
"This is the best place on Earth, Juan." Monument has debuted an official US trailer for the film Our Time, also known as Nuestro Tiempo, the latest from acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux). This initially premiered at the prestigious Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last year to much discussion - some think it's a masterpiece, others not so much, but at least people are talking about Reygadas again. The film is about a family that lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a renowned poet, raises the beasts. When Esther becomes infatuated with a horse-breaker, Juan seems incapable to reach his own expectations about himself. Indeed a "soul-searching" drama about life and humanity. Starring Carlos Reygadas as Juan, with Natalia López, Natalia López, Maria Hagerman, and Yago Martínez. Definitely worth a watch.
"Why don't you forget about that sister of yours?" Take a look at one of the award winners from the Cannes Film Festival this year. The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, originally A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão in Portuguese, is a Brazilian film made by filmmaker Karim Aïnouz (Madame Satã). This feminist drama set in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard category, meaning the jury voted it the best film from that section. The story follows two sisters, Euridice and Guida. They live at home, each with a dream: become a renowned pianist, or find true love. Because of their father, they are forced to live without each other. Separated, they will take control of their destiny, while never giving up on their hope of being reunited. Starring Fernanda Montenegro as Euridice, and Júlia Stockler as Guida, with Carol Duarte, Gregório Duvivier, Marcio Vito, and Bárbara Santos. In addition to the award, I've heard nothing but great things about this from everyone who saw it in Cannes. Keep an eye on this one.
"Do you want to live or die?" SBS Distribution has unveiled an official promo trailer for the Brazilian film titled Bacurau, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival starting this week. This highly anticipated film is the follow-up to Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho's award-winning 2012 feature Aquarius. This is one of the few sci-fi films playing at Cannes, and the description hints at some kind of aliens being in this town. There's even a UFO on one of the posters. "Described as a mixture of western, adventure and sci-fi, Bacurau is set in a small town in the Brazilian backlands that disappears from the map" after the death of the town's matriarch at the age of 94. A filmmaker goes to investigate and discovers something much more mysterious. The film's key cast includes Sonia Braga, Udo Kier, Jonny Mars, Antonio Saboia, Chris Doubek, and Karine Teles. This an enticing tease - just enough to leave me even more curious to see this.
"He's so strange, this new boy." Our friends at MovieZine.se have debuted the first promo trailer for a film titled And Then We Danced, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival coming up this month. This dramedy is set in Georgia (the country) but is made by a Swedish filmmaker, who went back to his Georgian roots to tell this story about dancers. 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. "This film will not only be a very 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." Starring Ana Javakhishvili, Anano Makharadze, Bachi Valishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli, Levan Gelbakhiani, Ninutsa Gabisonia. There's just a small taste of footage in the trailer, but it looks excellent so far - lively and energetic and cute.
Leto! Gunpowder & Sky has debuted an official US trailer for the indie Russian film Leto, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year to some rave reviews. This also went on to play at lots of other festivals throughout last year, from Karlovy Vary to Vienna and more. Leto, directed by filmmaker & theater director Kirill Serebrennikov who was under house arrest for the last year, is based on the true story of Viktor Tsoy and his band called Kino. The title translates to Summer, and the film is shot in black & white, evoking an old school feeling taking us back to the 70s & 80s. It's an awesome, groovy rock film with some incredible musical sequences that you just have to see on the big screen. Teo Yoo stars as Viktor Tsoy, and the main cast features Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk, Anton Adasinsky, Yuliya Aug, & Filipp Avdeev. This was one of my favorite films of Cannes last year, and I hope more people will see it once it opens soon.
"You think Sweet Goods Marion is cute, huh?" Music Box Films has released an official US trailer for the German bittersweet romantic drama In the Aisles, also known as In den Gängen in German. This initially premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and it also stopped by the Sydney, Galway, Vukovar, Athens, Chicago, and Stockholm Film Festivals last year. In the Aisles stars Franz Rogowski (from the outstanding Transit) and Sandra Hüller (star of Toni Erdmann) as workers at a generic big box store in small-town Germany who strike up a romance in the midst of the mundanity of this store: the long aisles, the bustle at the checkouts, the forklifts. The cast includes Peter Kurth, Matthias Brenner, Henning Peker, Gerdy Zint, Andreas Leupold, and Steffen Scheumann. I really adore this film, it won me over at Berlinale. I put in my review that, "it got to me and melted my heart, and made me happy, and hopeful about romance."
"Men are impious." We're a week away from the start of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and we're beginning to see some marketing for films premiering there. The first full trailer for Bruno Dumont's new Joan of Arc film, titled simply Joan of Arc – or also Jeanne in France, has just debuted. We all know the story of Joan of Arc, and just before this Dumont made the film Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc. In this new adaptation, Dumont cast a 10-year-old actress named Lise Leplat Prudhomme to play Joan/Jeanne. This choice "re-injects this heroine's timeless cause and ideology with a modernity that highlights both the tragic female condition and the incredible fervor, strength and freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders that belittle and alienate them." Also stars Annick Lavieville, Justine Herbez, and Benoit Robail. The film premieres in Cannes, so watch out for reviews and more these next few weeks.
"There's no one else." CJ Entertainment has debuted official US trailers for South Korean comedy Miss & Mrs. Cops, the latest film from director Jung Da-Won. CJ is getting better and better at bringing all their major releases to US theaters the same day they open in South Korea, and this film will be in US theaters later this week. The film is about two sisters at a police department who find themselves in the middle of a suicide case when a young woman throws herself in front of a bus while the two are on duty. Mi-young and Ji-hye find out that the woman is the victim of a digital sex crime. When no one else will take the case, the sisters-in-law open their own investigation. This stars Ra Mi-ran, Lee Sung-kyung, Yoon Sang-hyun, Choi Soo-young, and Yeom Hye-ran. This does look quite goofy, but may still be entertaining to watch.
"Let's go find our family." Strand Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for the Egyptian indie drama Yomeddine, from Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker A.B. Shawky making his feature directorial debut. This little film premiered in-competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and it's a buddy road trip comedy from Egypt about a couple of misfits who venture out into the world hoping to find a bit of hospitality and maybe a family. Rady Gamal stars as Beshay, a man cured of leprosy who has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. The small cast includes Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Osama Abdallah, Mohamed Abdel Azim, and Shahira Fahmy. This soulful story is full of heart and joy, despite their circumstances, and it is indeed a "life-affirming" and "cheerful" film worthy of discovering.
"We will find her. I promise." Luxbox has debuted a festival promo trailer for Peruvian film Canción Sin Nombre, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar next month. The title translates to Song Without a Name, and the film is the feature directorial debut of a Peruvian filmmaker named Melina Leon. It's based on a true account of child trafficking uncovered by journalist Ismael Leon, father of the film's director. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the young child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation. The full cast includes Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernández, and Lidia Quipse. This vintage black & white look to this really adds to the storytelling. Will keep an eye on this one in Cannes.