Elisabeth Moss never disappoints. The actress proves this yet again taking on the role of a mysterious and extraordinary horror writer in Josephine Decker's film Shirley, which originally premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Written by Sarah Gubbins and based on the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell, this oddly satisfying portrayal of lust, attraction, and stimulating inspiration holds one's interest alongside a first-class cast that dazzles. What comes to the forefront in Shirley is the emotional bond between two very different women. One thing is certain – you’re in for a pleasurable treat.
"A brain-melting experience." What the hell is this?! A new trailer has debuted for a wacky comedy titled Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway, self-described as a "sci-fi political satire" made by Spanish filmmaker Miguel Llansó. This initially premiered at numerous genre festivals last year including Fantasia, Neuchâtel, Strasbourg, Sitges, and a few others. Set in the year 2035, the film follows a couple of bumbling CIA agents that are tasked with the mission of destroying a computer virus called "Soviet Union". They enter the system using VR but the mission turns into a trap. It was shot in Ethiopia, Estonia, Latvia and Spain. Starring Daniel Tadesse, Guillermo Llansó, Agustín Mateo, Gerda-Annette Allikas, and Solomon Tashe. This joins the hall of fame of long, funny titles for films along with The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. As for the film, it definitely looks wacky but also entirely unique. Might be good genre fun.
"We only drink during work hours." "Like Hemingway." Screen Daily has unveiled an official promo trailer for the film Another Round, also known as Druk, the latest feature from acclaimed Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Commune). The film was announced as a Cannes 2020 selection yesterday, meaning it would've premiered at the film festival last month, but will instead play at other fests before release. Four teachers embark on an experiment where they each sustain a certain level of alcohol intoxication during their everyday life, believing that all people in general would benefit from a bit higher Blood Alcohol Content. But, of course, they eventually take things too far. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang, and Maria Bonnevie. This looks fantastic! Not just a film about alcohol, but about society and our place in it. Can't wait to see this film.
"Everything is film. Everything." Screen Daily has debuted the first official trailer for Enfant Terrible, a brand new German biopic film about the iconic/infamous German New Wave filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder (whose birthday was just a few days ago). Filmed in Cologne and Munich over the summer of 2019, the film was supposed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but after the pandemic changed the plans, the distributor reset the film for release in cinemas in Germany this October. Oliver Masucci stars as Fassbinder, with a full ensemble cast featuring Katja Riemann, Erdal Yildiz as the director’s violent actor lover El Hedi ben Salem, Eva Mattes as actress Brigitte Mira, Antoine Monot Jr. as producer and actor Peter Berling, Götz Otto as Oscar-winning US actor Jack Palance, and Alexander Scheer as Andy Warhol. The film is said to be about his entire life, with a focus on making films in the 70s. First look below.
"You're always funny." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled Daddy Issues, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Laura Holliday. Not to be confused with the other indie dramedy also titled Daddy Issues. This film originally premiered at the Valley Film Festival in 2018 and is only getting released this summer. When her emotionally distant father dies and leaves her his company, a 20-something, hapless stand-up comic named Henri must move from London to Los Angeles to take over the family business and somehow try to win her father’s approval, even after his death. "Henri finds humor in her darkest moments in this quirky slice-of life black comedy. That is, after all, how the light gets in." Starring Kimberley Datnow along with Tanner Rittenhouse, Alice Carroll Johnson, and Francis Lloyd Corby. Another of these strangely personal films that really doesn't have much to say at all.
"A concert audience won't wait." Strand Releasing has debuted the official US trailer for an indie German film titled The Audition, originally known as Das Vorspiel in German. This initially premiered at the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals in the fall last year, and is getting a VOD release this summer in the US. Acclaimed German actress Nina Hoss stars a violin teacher at a renowned music school in Berlin. She vouches for a young student, and spends all her time and effort training him hoping he'll be the star she thinks he is, while neglecting her own musician son and her husband. The film also stars Simon Abkarian, Jens Albinus, Ilja Monti, and Serafin Mishiev. This is a very good film lead by a great performance by Nina Hoss that carries the entire story, so much emotional weight and so much frustration. Worth a watch.
"Shall we drink anyway?" The Cinema Guild has released an official US trailer for yet another Hong Sang-soo film titled Yourself and Yours, which first premiered at the Toronto & San Sebastian Film Festivals in 2016. This is the third Hong Sang-soo film being released this year along with Hill of Freedom and The Woman Who Ran. The story follows a couple that splits one night after an argument about the woman being seen with another man. The next day, she has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself… It's described as a "comic mystery" and "delightfully drunken riff on Abbas Kiarostami". Starring Ju-hyuk Kim, Yoo-Young Lee, Kwon Haehyo, Yu Junsang, and Kim Euisung, Yourself and Yours is a "pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything?" A tough question.
"They took their shot, and it wasn't a kill." Vertical Ent. has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Run with the Hunted, made by writer / director John Swab. This premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival last year, and also played at the Rome Film Festival. The film is about a small town and how things change over the years. Oscar, a young boy, commits a noble murder and is forced to run away from his rural hometown, leaving behind his best friend, Loux. Fifteen years later, he has forgotten his past and is now the leader of a band of lost children. Loux takes it upon herself to find the boy who saved her life. Starring Sam Quartin as Loux, along with Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman, Dree Hemingway, Mark Boone Junior, William Forsythe, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Slaine. Looks like it has a few good performances at least.
"Maybe it's time you learn the truth about your condition." Giant Pictures has debuted an official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Volition, which won the Best Feature award at the Philip K. Dick Film Festival last year. The word "volition" means "a choice or decision made by the will"; making the choice for yourself. The film is about a man afflicted with clairvoyance who tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder. An interesting twist. It's described as a "tightly-wound puzzle of a ride", and a "mind-bending science-fiction thriller, where the line between fate and free-will blurs." Starring Adrian Glynn McMorran, Magda Apanowicz, John Cassini, Frank Cassini, Aleks Paunovic, and Bill Marchant. Not really sure what to make of this from this trailer, there's a lot going on but not a lot of it makes sense at first. Hopefully the film clears up everything in its own sneaky way. Might be worth a look.
"You are not safe with her in there…" 1091 Media has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror titled Star Light, a twisted little film directed by filmmakers Mitchell Altieri & Lee Cummings. A kind-hearted teen's life is turned upside down when he helps a world famous pop star on the run try to escape her violent pursuers. He ends up hiding out with her at a friend's house, turning a fun graduation party into a night of living hell. Starring Cameron Johnson as Dylan & Scout Taylor-Compton as Bebe A. Love; also joined by Rahart Adams, Liana Ramirez, Garrett Westton, Chandler Rachelle, Hagen Mills, Tiffany Shepis, Kevin Jiggetts, and Bret Roberts. This looks like it has a crazy twist where it turns out the pop star is some kind of creature. Maybe a werewolf or something else? I wonder if this is going to turn out to be a horror commentary on how pop stars are all man-eating monsters? Looks pretty cool from this first trailer.
"Kwon - you are the greatest person I know. That's what I know now." Grasshopper Film has debuted an official US trailer for the indie Korean dramedy Hill of Freedom, yet another of Hong Sang-soo's fanciful films. This one originally premiered in 2014 at the Venice & Toronto & New York Film Festivals, but is only now finally getting released in the US. Kwon returns to Seoul from the mountains and is given a packet of letters from Mori back from Japan to propose to her. Kwon drops and scatters the undated letters. She reads them and has to make sense of the chronology - and so must we…? Starring Seo Young-hwa, Ryo Kase, and Moon So-ri. Early reviews describe the film as a "melancholic delight", and that it is "also consistently funny, the highlight being a subplot involving another house guest having an issue with her temper." Enjoy.
"Here we are. So I say, 'make the most of it!'" IFC Films has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Summerland, which is of course being released this summer (because how could you release a film called Summerland at any other time other than the summer?!). Set during World War II in the UK, the film is about a lonely writer who must care for a young boy evacuated from London. She slowly begins to form a bond with him, while reminiscing about her own life and long lost lover. Gemma Arterton stars as Alice, joined by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Amanda Root, Siân Phillips, Dixie Egerickx, and Tom Courtenay. Described as an "intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times." It looks like a good tearjerker, and a film about how tough it is for everyone during wartime. View the trailer below.