"Heaven doesn't want him, and hell keeps sending him back." Quiver Distribution has debuted one final US trailer for Falling, the directorial debut of Viggo Mortensen. This premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, and the first US teaser arrived just last month. The US release is now set for February on VOD for anyone still curious. In addition to writing and directing the film, Mortensen also stars as John, who lives with his husband. When his raging homophobic father begins to spiral into dementia, he tries to convince him to leave his ranch home and move in with him. But they often end up fighting. Lance Henriksen co-stars as Willis, his expletive-loving father, and Terry Chen plays his husband. The cast includes Sverrir Gudnason, Laura Linney, Hannah Gross, and in a small role, David Cronenberg. It's honestly quite hard to watch a film with such a hurtful person so front and center, but that's the story they're telling to tell.
"You're gonna have to decide which side you're on." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for Son of the South, a coming-of-age drama set in the turbulent times of the 1960s. This premiered at the American Black Film Festival last year, and it arrives on VOD next month. Lucas Till stars as a grandson of a Klansman who comes of age during the early 60's in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. Based on Bob Zellner's autobiography "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek". The film's ensemble cast also features Lex Scott Davis, Lucy Hale, Jake Abel, Shamier Anderson, Ludi Lin, Dexter Darden, Sienna Guillory, Chaka Forman, with Cedric the Entertainer. This looks like it's trying to confront racism head on, but it's also another white savior story we've seen many times before. Check it out.
"Soviet soldiers would never shoot at the people! How am I supposed to forget this?" Neon has released an official US trailer for the acclaimed Russian film titled Dear Comrades!, which originally premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year where it won a Special Jury Prize. The film is the latest work from popular Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky (Uncle Vanya), telling the story of a communist woman in a small town in 1962 whose life is changed when the Soviet army attacks and kills people during an uprising and protest. It's based on a tragic true story that happened on June 2nd, 1962 in Novocherkassk that was kept secret until an investigation in the 90s. The victims were secretly buried in graves under fake names so they could never be found. Major suspects among the top Soviet officials were all dead by that time. And the culprits have never been convicted, of course. Starring Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Yulia Burova, and Sergei Erlish. Presented in B&W in the 4:3 Academy ratio. Take a look below.
"I've never yielded to anyone." Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for an indie Italian drama titled The Last Paradiso, also known as L'ultimo Paradiso originally in Italian. This film tells the true story of an impossible love, a dream of an indomitable man who has a sense of rebellion and justice coursing through his veins. The story follows a man who falls in love with the local mayor's daughter, encountering all kinds of trouble when he refuses to let her go. Italian actor Riccardo Scamarcio (from John Wick: Chapter 2, The Summer House, "The Woman in White") stars as Ciccio Paradiso, plus Gaia Bermani Amaral as his love interest Bianca, along with Valentina Cervi and Antonio Gerardi. This looks like a cliche Italian story full of passion and romance intertwined with olive oil and politics. Dive in and escape to another time.
"I need you to focus on your life… Think about the things that you want to know…" Trinity Creative has just revealed an official trailer for an acclaimed British indie film titled Hurt by Paradise, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2019, also stopping by the Raindance Film Festival. Hurt by Paradise is a film about a poet and a girl with big hair. Together they find friendship as the possibility of their dreams dwindles. It's described as "the British Francis Ha… a heartfelt love letter to female friendship and London, from first time writer/director Greta Bellamacina," who also stars in the film as Celeste Blackwood. The cast includes Nicholas Rowe, Anna Brewster, Sai Bennett, Jaime Winstone, and Tanya Burr. This looks a bit kooky but still charming and extra clever and, of course, brutally honest about the way things are.
"You did something, and we're not going to pay for it." Netflix has revealed an official US trailer for Below Zero, an action thriller from Catalonian filmmaker Lluís Quílez (Out of the Dark). In the middle of a foggy, cold night, a prison van carrying convicts is assaulted. The driver, Martin, will need to defend himself from those inside and those outside if he wants to make it out alive. This reminded me of Con Air at first glance, but with a big prison bus driving through winter in Spain. The film's cast includes Javier Gutiérrez, Àlex Monner, Patrick Criado, Édgar Vittorino, Karra Elejalde, Florin Opritescu, Luis Callejo, and Isak Férriz. This actually looks like an intense, chilly thriller to enjoy at home this winter. Fire it up below.
"You understood what we were doing!" Samuel Goldwyn Films has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Cowboys, from filmmaker Anna Kerrigan who both writes and directs. The originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, and it also played at a number of other virtual festivals throughout 2020. Cowboys, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run. A troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife runs off with his trans son into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife's refusal to let their son live as his authentic self. The heartfelt indie drama stars Steve Zahn, along with Jillian Bell, Ann Dowd, Gary Farmer, Bob Stephenson, Chris Coy, John Reynolds, and Sasha Knight as Joe. Dang, this looks great! What a nice discovery - didn't know anything about this film before, it's certainly on my radar now.
"You're a doctor. You know exactly where feelings get you." Greenwich has released an official US trailer for a Hungarian romantic drama called Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (originally Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre in Hungarian). This premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Days sidebar last year. The film stars Natasa Stork as Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, who has fallen in love. She leaves her shining American career behind after 20 years and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she met at a conference. But the love of her life claims they have never met before. How is this possible? This also stars Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy, Péter Tóth, Andor Lukáts, and Attila Mokos. This does indeed look very mysterious, though it's pretty obvious the guy is sketchy and has some secrets. But I'm intrigued to see what she decides to do next.
"He's coming with me, Esther…" "He doesn't want you anymore." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for a French indie drama set in America's past titled Savage State, originally L'état Sauvage in French. When the American Civil War breaks out, a family of french settlers must abandon their Missouri home to flee and go back to Paris. They're escorted by a former mercenary whose troubled past soon catches up with him. Sounds like an interesting parable about how bad it is in America and how it's time to get out. Although the politics of this film seem a bit sketchy. Savage State stars Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens, Déborah François, Bruno Todeschini, Constance Dollé, Abidou, Maryne Bertieaux, and Kate Moran. This looks gorgeously shot, and so very French, with lots of beautiful women and a few rugged men.
"Well, what is it, Marie? What do you want?!" Wow. Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie B&W intimate drama titled Malcolm & Marie, which is debuting right away on the streaming service at the beginning of February. Strangely, this isn't debuting at any film festivals, despite the filmmaker (Sam Levinson) premiering his last film there – Assassination Nation – to quite a bit of acclaim a few years ago. Zendaya & John David Washington star as a director and his girlfriend whose relationship is tested after they return home from his movie premiere and await critics' responses. Working with cinematographer Marcell Rev, "Levinson creates a film of rare originality; an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium's future." This looks exquisite! Beautifully shot and brutally honest and magically intimate and exciting in unexpected ways. I'll be watching this one. Take a look below.
"If something were to happen, is it worth risking what we have?" Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie romantic dramedy film called First Blush, marking the feature directorial debut of former TV associate producer Victor Neumark. The film hasn't hit any festivals or shown up anywhere else, and is just getting dumped on VOD next month for any that are curious. Nena and Drew are a young, happy-ish married couple whose relationship is thrown off its axis when they meet Olivia. The trio's attraction to each other is undeniable, but when they become romantically involved they struggle to navigate the complexities of a polyamorous relationship. Starring Rachel Alig, Ryan Caraway, and Kate Beecroft. These love triangle / open relationship films always try to spunk and hip, but always end up a mess. Just like the relationship.
"I'm still trying to get the whole 'kid' thing down." Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Magic Max, an awkard low-budget indie romantic comedy starring Parker Bates and Ivan Sergei. After he loses both of his parents, 11-year-old Tim Hart is forced to go live with his immensely immature Uncle Max, a second rate magician. As the two learn to cope and start a new family together, they both figure out how they can help each other grow up. This looks like a second-rate film made with a bunch of friends, but it might still be amusing and enjoyable. The cast also includes Jud Tylor, Lotuss Blossom, and Barry Corbin. Sadly this looks like it's worth ignoring, not much to see, just two bland performances.