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"The party's over, Papicha." Peccadillo Pictures in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for Papicha, an Algerian film which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section last year. Set in Algiers in 1997, following four women trying to navigate an oppressive life in Algeria just as the civil war is about to get worse and change everything forever. "Lifting the lid on the radical events of the Algerian Civil War, Mounia Meddour's Papicha follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face to face with a new, dangerous reality." Starring Lyna Khoudri as Papicha, with Shirine Boutella, Nadia Kaci, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Zahra Doumandji, Yasin Houicha, Khalissa Houicha, and Meryem Medjkane. This looks like an excellent and brutally honest look at life in Algeria in the 90s and how it was all about to change with a war going on around them. It's worth a look.
"Is this my life now?" Dark Sky Films has debuted an official US trailer for the radical Russian sci-fi action thriller Coma, also known as Koma or The Coma. The film marks the feature directorial debut of a visual effects supervisor, which is why there are tons of crazy cool VFX shots in this. We posted this teaser a few months ago, but there's a full trailer now for its US release next month. After a mysterious accident a young architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world. He must find out the exact laws and regulations of it as he fights for his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world. Starring Rinal Mukhametov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Anton Pampushnyy, Milos Bikovic, and Konstantin Lavronenko. Looks even more like a video game movie, the CGI is a bit too glossy, but I still must admit I love these visuals. So cool.
"My baby girl was stolen. I need to file a report." Film Movement has released an official US trailer for the Peruvian film Song Without a Name, originally titled Canción Sin Nombre, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year (we featured a trailer then, too). The vintage B&W investigative drama 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 baby leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation with her. Starring Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernández, and Lidia Quipse. I really dig the look and feel of this, despite the very sad story it's telling.
"I swear… I shall take back everything you left for me!" Kick his ass! Well Go USA has released an official trailer for a historical epic titled The Legend of Tomiris, an extension of the original title Tomiris. As the title indicates, the film tells the story of the life of the great queen of of the steppe - legendary Tomiris. She is destined to become a skillful warrior, survive the loss of close people and unite the Scythian/Saka tribes under her authority. She is an iconic individual in Asian history, and is the namesake of the modern name Tomris. The Kazakh film stars Almira Tursyn as the iconic Tomiris, with Adil Akhmetov, Erkebulan Dairov, Berik Aytzhanov, Satybaldy Azamat, Aizhan Lighg, and Ghassan Massoud. This actually looks great! Some solid action footage and authentic storytelling, might be worth a watch after all. That final shot where she stares down this man with a "don't you dare" look is badass! Whoa. Don't mess with Tomiris.
"You are saying Elise is in the tunnel?" Signature Ent. has released an official UK trailer for the Norwegian action survival thriller called The Tunnel, originally titled Tunnelen in Norwegian. The Norwegian movie industry seems to be going through every 90s disaster movie trope - now they're remaking Daylight. When a truck crashes inside a tunnel, people on their way home for Christmas are brutally trapped in a deadly fire. With a blizzard raging outside, and the first responders struggling to get to the accident, it's every man for himself. Starring Thorbjørn Harr, Ylva Lyng Fuglerud, Lisa Carlehed, Mikkel Bratt Silset, Peter Førde, Daniel Alexander Skadal, and Per Egil Aske. This actually looks legit - at least the opening act. As for the rest of what happens once they're stuck, you'll have to watch to find out who makes it out safely.
"See Parasite, the historic phenomenon, in a brand new light." Curzon has released a new official UK trailer for the black & version of Parasite that has been touring around festivals since late last year. The beloved Best Picture winner was given a special B&W edition, overseen by Bong Joon-ho, and it has been playing mostly at film festivals. Forrest Cardamenis wrote a report here from IFFR earlier this year about watching it again this way. And it sounds like it makes a bit of a difference in the viewing experience. 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 still totally love this film and I am happy it continues to play.
"The way we carried on, something had to go wrong." Magnolia Pictures has released an official trailer for Out Stealing Horses, a Norwegian drama about a man thinking back on his life and his adolescence. The film originally premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and is finally getting a release in the US this summer after opening in Norway originally more than a year ago. Stellan Skarsgård stars as a man living alone quietly in Norway, who meets a new neighbor that he recognizes as someone from his youth. This takes him back to the summer of 1948 when he was 15 years old, and the events that summer that changed his life forever. Also starring Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelmann, Jon Ranes, and Danica Curcic. This is an excellent trailer for this unique Norwegian film, more than just a coming-of-age story. I caught this at Berlinale and quite liked it, praising the film's "striking visuals & strong sound design." Worth a look.
"What now? Shall we shoot each other?" Shout Studios has released an official US trailer for a Polish WWII action thriller titled The Resistance Fighter, commemorating the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the largest resistance operation in WWII Europe. The original Polish title is Kurier, which translates to The Messenger, but it has a whole new name for the US release. Based on a true story, the film is about the Polish resistance fighter / war hero Jan Nowak-Jeziorański. He works as the courier between the Poland's resistance movement and the Polish government in exile in London, and is pursued ceaselessly by the Nazis. "The stakes could not be higher in this riveting wartime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!" Philippe Tlokinski stars, with Julie Engelbrecht, Bradley James, Martin Butzke, Nico Rogner, Patricia Volny, Jan Frycz, Tomasz Schuchardt, Grzegorz Malecki, & Miroslaw Baka. Take a look.
"Boys your age can be dumb." But they're always dumb! Luxbox has unveiled the first promo trailer for a French coming-of-age sexual awakening romance titled Spring Blossom, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Suzanne Lindon. She is the daughter of French actor Vincent Lindon, and this is her first film and first directing gig. She also stars in Spring Blossom (aka Seize Printemps) as a 16-year-old girl who is bored with her own age group, unable to connect with those around her. She becomes obsessed and sexually involved with an older man, an actor, at a theater she passes by. This also stars Arnaud Valois as Raphaël, plus Frédéric Pierrot, Dominique Besnehard, Rebecca Marder, Philippe Uchan, and Françoise Widhoff. This is so very French: the entire concept of young & old love, figuring out what love and sex means, building your life around romance. Originally supposed to premiere at Cannes this summer.
"Uncle, something weird is happening in the house." Shudder has debuted an official US trailer for a Korean horror thriller titled Metamorphosis, from director Hong-seon Kim (The Con Artists, The Chase). This already opened in Korea last year, and is finally getting a US release this summer through Shudder. In this new twist on possession stories, Joong-Su, an exorcist, must face a demon he tragically failed to defeat in the past when it targets his brother's family next. The horror concept involves the demon assuming the form of different family members to sow confusion and distrust. Starring Bae Sung-Woo, Sung Dong-Il, Jang Young-Nam, Kim Hye-Jun, Cho Yi-Hyun, Kim Kang-Hoon. It's a cool concept - borrowing from The Thing about how you don't know who it is, mixed with a slick possession story. Keep an eye out for this one.
"Lean into the movement. Let yourself go." Playtime has released a full-length trailer for French filmmaker François Ozon's film Été 85, which translates to Summer of 85 (the official English title for the film). We featured a short teaser trailer a few weeks ago after the film was announced as an official selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival (which is not happening this year anyway).. Summer of 85 is about a 16-year-old boy experiencing love and death and romance and more while living in a seaside resort in Normandy in the 80s. The film stars Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, & Melvil Poupaud. This really, really looks like Xavier Dolan remade Call Me By Your Name in France, as it has all the same moments in the 80s between two boys who fall for each other one summer. Still looks good! I am curious about this, wish I could've seen it at Cannes this summer. But I'll wait to catch up with it soon.
"A secret unit of Russian soldiers…" 4Digital Media has released an official US trailer for a Russian WWII action movie titled Secret Weapon, not to be confused the handful of other recent Russian WWII movies (e.g. Tanks for Stalin). Russia still loves to show off how proud they are of winning WWII and how much they're better than everyone because of that. In this movie, the Red Army retreats in a hurry and leaves their top secret weapon, a mobile rocket launcher called "Katyusha", behind. A small group of young soldiers is sent to do everything possible not to let "Katyusha" get into the hands of the Germans. Starring Alexander Ustyugov, Timofey Tribuntsev, Anatoly Gushin, and Polina Polyakova. This looks like they barely had a budget to pull it all off, as cheap and cheesy as they come. Find this in the bargain bin in a few weeks.