INDIE FILMS

Florence Pugh in the 1800s in Sebastián Lelio's 'The Wonder' Trailer

The Wonder Trailer

"Anyone can be chosen." Netflix has revealed an official trailer for The Wonder, a new drama from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio (of A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience, Gloria Bell) that first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. A tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil. Starring Florence Pugh, and based on the book by Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, The Wonder is the tale of a young Irish girl, Anna O'Donnell, whose Catholic family claim she has eaten nothing since her eleventh birthday… four months ago. It's set 13 years after the Great Famine in the 1800s in Ireland. In addition to Pugh, the main cast includes Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Elaine Cassidy, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Dermot Crowley, Brían F. O'Byrne, and David Wilmot. This looks like a very intriguing film about religious faith and women and love. Get a look.

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 Posted on October 4 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Eva Green & Mark Strong in Mysterious Thriller 'Nocebo' First Trailer

Nocebo Trailer

"I will be with you… always." Vertigo Releasing in the UK has revealed the first official trailer for a thrilling new horror mystery film titled Nocebo, from director Lorcan Finnegan - of the films Without Name and Vivarium (worth a watch) previously. This is premiering at the 2022 Sitges Film Festival next week, and will open in the UK later this year. A fashion designer is suffering from a mysterious, unexplainable illness, until a Filipina caretaker arrives at her home and begins to use the traditional folk remedies from her country. And then a terrible truth is revealed… Uh oh, sounds scary. Eva Green stars with Mark Strong, Billie Gadsdon, Cathy Belton, and Chai Fonacier as the caretaker Diana. This looks creepy!! The end of this trailer is a whole other level of crazy, with some freaky hints in the final few shots at what's to come. Enjoy.

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 Posted on October 3 in Horror, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Trailer for Coming-of-Age Film 'Manifest West' with Tim Heidecker

Manifest West Trailer

"We make the rules now, all four of us. We'll be a family of 'Mountain Men' in no time." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie off-the-grid thriller titled Manifest West, from filmmaker duo Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson. The film is intriguing coming-of-age story told through the eyes of a young girl whose family spirals out of control after they decide to live off the grid. It had its world premiere at the Mammoth Film Festival, where it won Best Genre Film, earlier this year. The film stars Annet Mahendru, Milo Gibson, Lexy Kolker, Michael Cudlitz, and the comedian Tim Heidecker (giving a very serious performance this time). This starts out so nice and uplifting, the story of a family trying to make a life on their own in the woods - reminds me of Captain Fantastic. But then things quickly get intense and twisted and dark, which isn't so nice and fun anymore. Don't look bad, doesn't look that great either. Check it out.

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 Posted on September 30 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

New US Trailer for Turkish Film 'Brother's Keeper' About Two Friends

Brother's Keeper Trailer

"Back to your places!" Altered Innocence has released an official US trailer for an indie drama from Turkey titled Brother's Keeper. It originally premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival last year, and also played at the London and Chicago Film Festivals, among many others in 2021. Yusuf and his best friend Memo are pupils at a boarding school for Kurdish boys, secluded in the mountains of Eastern Anatolia. Set over the course of a tense day at an isolated boarding school, this moral drama follows a boy's desperate fight to save his sick friend in the face of a rigid bureaucracy. By the time the adults in charge finally understand the seriousness of Memo's condition and try to get him to a hospital, the remote school has been buried under a sudden, heavy snowfall. Starring Samet Yildiz as Yusuf and Nurullah Alaca as Memo. This looks like it has some impressive cinematography telling a heartbreaking, frustrating story about how hard it is to fight against incompetence and carelessness. Looks like it's worth a watch - with some good quotes in this trailer.

Margaret Qualley & Joe Alwyn Are Lost in A24's 'Stars at Noon' Trailer

Stars at Noon Trailer

"He's waiting for you outside of the hotel right now." A24 has revealed an official trailer for the film Stars at Noon, an English-language feature from French filmmaker Claire Denis. And it might just be one of her worst films yet. This premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festivals and almost everyone there hated it. A24 will be releasing this in theaters in October. In 1984's Nicaragua, a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist strike up a highly sexualized romance as they soon become embroiled in a dangerous labyrinth of lies & conspiracies, then forced to try and escape the country. Starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn in the lead roles, with appearances by Danny Ramirez, Benny Safdie, and John C. Reilly. This is a sensual erotic thriller, but it's as empty as any dusty old bottle lying in the street.

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 Posted on September 29 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Inuit Teen Girls Fight Aliens in Badass Indie Film 'Slash/Back' Trailer

Slash/Back Trailer

"What they don't know, is that we're the best hunters there is." RLJE Films + Shudder have revealed an official trailer for an indie film titled Slash/Back, which first premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. This radical little indie sci-fi is about a group of teenage Inuit girls from Pangnirtung, Nunavut (see Google Maps) - a town way, way up on the North East coast of Canada - closer to Greenland than anywhere else. When Maika and her ragtag friends discover an alien invasion in their tiny arctic hamlet, it's up to them to save the day. Utilizing their makeshift weapons and horror movie knowledge, the aliens realize you don't mess with girls from Pang. Starring Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Vincent-Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth, and Chelsea Prusky. It was co-written with Ryan Cavan with Nyla Innuksuk, making her feature screenwriting and directorial debut. It's landing in theaters in October! This is pretty much The Thing meets Attack the Block meets the arctic town of Pang. I heartily recommend it! You'll have a blast watching this one. Enjoy.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Trailer for Frederick Wiseman's 'A Couple' with Nathalie Boutefeu

A Couple Trailer

"Your power crushed my life and my personality as well." Film Forum in NYC has revealed a trailer for the first narrative film from acclaimed doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. It's called A Couple, also known as just Un Couple in French, and it's not really a film - a 63 minute chamber piece. A Couple follows a long term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia. It's nothing more than an hour of a woman reading letters and dairies written by Sophia, his young wife, who he didn't seem to love. French actress Nathalie Boutefeu portrays Sophia as a "determined, loving, angry woman who recognizes the limitations of long-term marriage to a man of world-renown." Which is to say that she didn't really understand that she was married to someone who didn't really care about her. It premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, where I ranked it as the worst film of the festival. Barley even a film. But that's just my opinion and others might enjoy this poetic film about love and longing. Take a look.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Cannes Best Actress Winner - Full US Trailer for 'Holy Spider' Thriller

Holy Spider Trailer

"I did it all for God… I'm not finished yet." Now that's scary. Utopia has revealed the official US trailer for an acclaimed, award-winning indie film made in Iran titled Holy Spider, which originally premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It won Best Actress there for star Zar Amir Ebrahimi - who really is tremendous in this one. It's the next film from an Iranian-Danish filmmaker named Ali Abbasi, who earned acclaim for his excellent Swedish troll film Border. This film is about a journalist who travels deep into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called "Spider Killer", who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners. Based on a true story, which is especially freaky. Holy Spider stars Zar Amir Ebrahimi and Mehdi Bajestani. I wrote in my Cannes review: "it's brutally realistic, unflinching look at murder in modern times." It's a very dark film.

Superb Full Trailer for Todd Field's Stellar 'TÁR' Starring Cate Blanchett

TAR Trailer

"Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by emotion?" Focus Features has debuted the main official trailer for TÁR, the latest feature from filmmaker Todd Field - director of the films In the Bedroom and Little Children. This his first in 16 years since last making Little Children in 2006. Set in the international world of classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár - as played by Cate Blanchett. She is widely considered one of the greatest living composer / conductors and she was also the first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. The character of Tár is fictional, perhaps inspired by a number of different real life conductors. The cast also includes Mark Strong, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Sylvia Flote. This premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, where Blanchett won the Best Actress award. It was my favorite film at the fest and will be on my Top 10 this year - one of the best films of 2022. This is such a terrific trailer - doesn't give away too much. Don't miss this when it opens.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

David Hayman & Udo Kier in Odd Comedy 'My Neighbor Adolf' Trailer

My Neighbor Adolf Trailer

"You are… a good neighbor." Signature Ent. in the UK has revealed the official trailer for an indie comedy titled My Neighbor Adolf, made by a Russian-Israeli filmmaker. Based on a true story, set in Colombia in the 1960s. Polsky is a lonely and grumpy Holocaust survivor who is now living in the remote Colombian countryside. He mostly spends his days playing chess and tending to his beloved rose bushes. However, when a mysterious old German man moves in next door he begins to suspect his new neighbor is… Adolf Hitler. Since nobody believes him, he embarks on a detective mission to find the evidence. But, in order to prove his suspicions, Polsky will need to be closer to his neighbor than he would like – so close that the two could almost become friends. Starring David Hayman as Polsky and Udo Kier as his neighbor, along with Danharry Colorado and Olivia Silhavy. This looks quit good! Not as strange as it sounds. I'm intrigued by the relationship they build together, and how the story plays out with them. It might be worth a watch.

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 Posted on September 28 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

'The Year of the Dog' Film About Strays: An Alcoholic & His Rescue

The Year of the Dog Doc Trailer

"He's a sensitive dog, and you iwll have to become sensitive, too. Lean into that connection." Nova Vento Ent. has unveiled an official trailer for an indie true story film titled The Year of the Dog, which is not a documentary but a feature based on real events. The film is made by Rob Grabow, who sold his condo and put everything into making this. He spent years in Alaska, working around and meeting people, including a dogsled musher who was having a difficult journey with alcoholism and addiction, who credited his sobriety in large part to one of his dogs; a high-spirited Alaskan husky. This is that story turned into a film. A loner alcoholic finds a path to recovery when he meets a stray dog with a unique talent. The film stars Michael Spears, Rob Grabow, Jon Proudstar, Alyssa Groenig, and Jeff Medley. Awww! Of course this looks wonderful - it's a dog movie! It looks a bit rough around the edges as an indie film, but it has all the heart and soul it needs, especially with an adorable husky leading the way. Keep an eye out for this coming soon.

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 Posted on September 27 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

The Story of Rapper Giwar Hajabi - Promo Trailer for 'Rheingold' Film

Rheingold Trailer

"How do we record an album in jail?" The Match Factory has revealed an official trailer for Rheingold, a new film from acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akin. He last made the exceptionally disgusting film The Golden Glove which almost ended his career. Next up is this one - premiering at the Hamburg Film Festival before it opens in Germany in October. Fatih Akin's Rheingold captures the life of German hip-hop rapper, entrepreneur, and ex-convict Giwar Hajabi - best known by his stage name "X A T A R" or Xatar. Born to Kurdish parents in Iran, he was imprisoned in Iraq for being Kurdish. From the hell of that Iraqi prison, Giwar Hajabi came to Germany as a young boy with his family in the mid-1980s and fought through even more challenges to make a name for himself. Emilio Sakraya stars as Giwar, with a cast including Mona Pirzad, Kardo Razzazi, Ilyes Raoul, Sogol Faghani, Hüseyin Top, Arman Kashani, plus Ensar "Eno" Albayrak als SSIO. This doesn't look that great, not a very interesting trailer - check it out.

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 Posted on September 27 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

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