"Well that's what real music is." Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie rock band comedy titled Love Spreads, the latest from writer / director Jamie Adams (Black Mountain Poets, Wild Honey Pie!, Bittersweet Symphony). Even though this already opened in the UK last year, it's just now premiering in the US at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, before arriving on VOD a few days later (which is not a good sign). It is time to record the all important second album and Glass Heart is breaking in a million pieces. Away from touring and performing the band is not in harmony, and no amount of history in Rockfield Studios is going to solve that. Three very different songwriters, one desperate producer, a label exec and a keyboard collide. The film stars Alia Shawkat, Eiza Gonzales, Chanel Cresswell, Nick Helm, Tara Lee, Dolly Wells, Charlotte Jo Hanbury, and Ruth Ollman. Why does this trailer seem so orange? And so boring? Huh…
"Why did you run away like that?" Picturehouse in the UK has revealed an official UK trailer for a Danish dark drama titled Wildland, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jeanette Nordahl. This first premiered at last year's Berlin Film Festival and also opened in Denmark last year, and is arriving in the UK and US starting in August this year. Ida moves in with her aunt and cousins after the tragic death of her mother in a car accident. The home is filled with love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life. Described as "an enthralling, brooding and utterly gripping thriller that packs a powerful emotional punch." This almost seems like a Danish take on the iconic Australian crime family film Animal Kingdom. Starring Sandra Guldberg Kampp as Ida, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliott Crosset Hove, Besir Zeciri, and Carla Philip Røder. This does look very good - worth a watch.
"We can all get what we need from this situation." Magnolia has released the official trailer for First Date, an indie misadventure comedy from filmmakers Manuel Crosby & Darren Knapp, both making their feature directorial debut with this. It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival this year, and stopped by the Independent Film Festival of Boston this spring. After being conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, Mike's first date plans with girl-next-door Kelsey implode as he finds himself targeted by criminals, the cops, and a crazy cat lady. Tyson Brown stars as Mike, with Shelby Duclos as his date, plus Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Samuel Ademola, Ryan Quinn Adams, and Angela Barber. This did not get great reviews out of Sundance, and you can see why with this trailer. Good idea to play with, just doesn't look like a good film.
"Your sister didn't ruin your life, her illness did." FilmRise has unveiled an official trailer for an indie film titled Broken Diamonds, the latest from filmmaker Peter Sattler, his second feature following his debut Camp X-Ray with Kristen Stewart. It just premiered at this year's Santa Barbara Film Festival a few months ago. In the wake of his father's death, a young writer sees his dream of moving to Paris put in jeopardy when he's forced to temporarily take in his wildly unpredictable, mentally ill sister. The film stars Ben Platt and Lola Kirke, with Yvette Nicole Brown, Alphonso McAuley, Lynda Boyd, and Peter Benson. This looks like it has heart and a dash of brutal truth as he tries to figure out what to do with his life. Take a look.
"My life is a stunt, my life is a stunt." An early promo trailer has launched for a film titled Roaring 20's, the latest from a French filmmaker named Elisabeth Vogler whose feature debut Paris Is Us premiered on Netflix a few years back. This one is premiering at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and is a pandemic-related film, following people around Paris interacting on the first day after their lockdown ended (back in 2020). From Tribeca: "Creatively and meticulously choreographed by Elisabeth Vogler, this 24-actor tour de force was made with only 16 crew members in 6 takes. Roaring 20's allows the audience to accompany everyday people as they cross each other throughout their day, much as we frequently cross with strangers whom we never meet. But in this refreshing addition to contemporary French cinema, the audience gets to meet them all, and the experience is full of life." Featuring an ensemble cast of local actors and actual locals. Have fun.
"The venues may be full but I sing for him, Mom." Gaumont has unveiled the first trailer for a strange new biopic titled Aline, also known as Aline Dieu! or Aline: The Voice of Love. This is a film about the life of famous Canadian singer Celine Dion, but because they couldn't figure out how to do it with her name, they decided to change her name to something else - Aline Dieu, which just translates to "Aline God" in French. It's also premiering at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the Out of Competition section next month, but has no US release date yet. Directed by and starring Valérie Lemercier as Aline. It's described as "a tribute film and not a caricature film," supposedly, though this trailer makes it seem a bit like a caricature. Aline, a girl from Quebec, has a golden voice and music producer Guy-Claude has big plans for her. This also stars Sylvain Marcel, Danielle Fichaud, Roc LaFortune, Antoine Vezina, and Pascale Desrochers. I'm not sure what to make of this, it doesn't really look that bad but something seems off with all of this footage.
"Why her and not me?" French distributor Les Films du Losange has released the first trailer for Bergman Island, the highly anticipated new Mia Hansen-Løve film screening at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. It was announced as one of the Main Competition films in this year's Cannes line-up. This is her latest since making Maya in 2018, and Things to Come in 2016 as well. In Bergman Island, an American filmmaking couple go to the island where Ingmar Bergman was inspired and find that the lines between reality and fiction star to blur. It was filmed back in 2018 on the island Fårö in Sweden. Talented actors Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth star, with Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie, Joel Spira, and Clara Strauch. I've been a fan of Mia Hansen-Løve for years (interviewed her in 2016) and this looks even better than I was expecting, as philosophical as usual for her but with an added layer of meta cinema discourse. Take a look.
"The way you two do your things is none of my business." "You're right, it's not." Good Deed has released an official US trailer for Ma Belle, My Beauty, an indie romantic drama that originally premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It also played at the SXSW and Seattle Film Festivals and will open in select theaters in August. A surprise reunion in the South of France reignites passions and jealousies between two women who were formerly polyamorous lovers. Two years after their relationship went awry, Bertie and Fred have gotten married and are living at Fred's family home in the countryside. When Lane unexpectedly shows up in Bertie's seemingly idyllic new life, she finds her former lover much different than she remembers, and a new romantic adventure begins. The film stars Idella Johnson, Hannah Pepper, Lucien Guignard, and Sivan Noam Shimon. This was one of my least favorite films from Sundance this year, I just feel like it really has nothing to say at all, despite desperately trying. Maybe it's just not my jam.
"This thing is going to destroy you, just like it did to your father. Leave… before you hurt anyone else." Gravitas Ventures + Kamikaze Dogfight have revealed an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Woe, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Matthew Goodhue. This premiered at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival last year, and drops on VOD in just a few weeks. A brother and sister stumble upon their father's secret one year after his death. They soon learn that this secret may not be his alone. Their estranged Uncle Pete, believed to be dead, claims to have answers – if only Charlie and Betty would get out of their own heads and accept help. From one of the producers of Cabin Fever. Adam Halferty, Jessie Rabideau, Ryan Kattner, and James Russo star in this "spine-chilling" horror film. So it seems like they find something buried in the yard - a coffin? A vampire? A ghost? Only way to find out is to watch.
"I want to be a runner! But do I have to ignore my friend in need for the sake of my dream?" A very good question to be ask. Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Running Against the Wind, made by filmmaker Jan Philipp Weyl. This first premiered at the Amplify Film Festival last year, and is getting a release in the US this year. Set in Ethiopia, two men are running to achieve their dreams. The film follows the stories of two friends: Solomon, who moves to the capital Addis Ababa to become a photographer. And his friend Abdi, who becomes a talented runner and also makes his way to Addis Ababa, where he begins searching for his old friend to find out what happened to him. The film stars Mikias Wolde as Solomon, and Ashenafi Nigusu as Abdi, along with Joseph Reta Belay, Samrawit Desalegn, Genene Alemu, and Yemariam Melkamu. From the trailer, this looks like a seriously well-made, moving film in the vein of City of God showing the unique paths these boys take before reconnecting.
"This is where you start your new life, or what's left of it…" Leomark Studios has unveiled an official trailer for an indie fighting action movie titled Unchained, made by a filmmaker known only as "Raphaello". To Rise You Must Be Willing to Fall. Ohh this looks so dumb. Full-tilt action thriller Unchained opens up the world of underground fighting this summer. An idealistic woman is kidnapped and forced to compete in an underground fight ring. Every night is a fight for her life as she plans to overthrow her captors and save the lives of many others doomed to the same endless cycle. The film features wrestling star "Taya Valkyrie" (real name Kira Hennigan), with Mair Mulroney as Aella, plus Eric Roberts, Maricris Lapaix, Roni Weissman, Kasarlina Wang, Svetlana Constantine, and Larry L Andrews. This looks like another of these supremely dull "look how cool fighting really is" films that we're seeing way too many of these days.
"Most people like sunsets… I love the sunrise." Transmission Films has revealed the first trailer for an indie drama from New Zealand titled Juniper, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Matthew J. Saville. When a self-destructive teen is suspended from school and asked to look after his feisty alcoholic grandmother as a punishment, the crazy time they spend together turns his life around. George Ferrier stars as the boy who finds himself rethinking life when he encounters Ruth, his strong-willed grandmother and a former war photographer. Charlotte Rampling also stars, along with Marton Csokas and Edith Poor. This definitely looks like a feisty little film about the challenges of life, including how to deal with your own family. Rampling looks like she's at the top of her game here, a complex role with many layers. I'm surprised this hasn't shown up at any film festivals, it this seems like the perfect film for a festival audience.