"Women lovvvvveeee a good bocce toss." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Team Marco, which originally premiered at the Mill Valley, Red Rocks, and Lone Star Film Festivals last fall. Marco is obsessed with his iPad and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco's life is turned upside-down and he's forced… to go play outside. "Nonno" introduces him to bocce ball and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds connection to other people and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on Marco's grandfather and his pals. The sweet comedy stars Owen Vaccaro, Anthony Patellis, Louis Cancelmi, and Anastasia Ganias-Gellin. Most Americans have no idea what bocce ball is, or how to play, which is probably the funniest part of this film. Learn a new sport! Check it out.
Indican Pictures has released an official US trailer for an indie, light-hearted comedy titled The Bra, from German filmmaker Veit Helmer. The film is already out to watch now, but we're just catching up with it at this point. Set in the country of Azerbaijan (nestled between Iran and Georgia) the film tells the story of an aging train driver named Nurlan. To escape from his lonely existence, he embarks on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner of a perky piece of blue underwear that his train snagged off a washing line. He rents a small room in Baku and begins his quest. Starring Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic as Nurlan, with Paz Vega, Denis Levant, Chulpan Khamatova, Maia Morgenstern, and Frankie Wallac. This has the look and feel of an old classic B&W film, something from a time long ago, a comedic quest for love. And this dialogue-free trailer is pretty dang good - emphasizing that this film is entirely dialogue-free, too.
"She's unlocked something in you." Lionsgate UK has released an official UK trailer for the indie romance Ammonite, the second feature film written & directed by God's Own Country director Francis Lee. This just premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals this fall - read our review here. There's no date set for the UK yet, but it's still aiming to open in the US in November. Set in 1840s England, an acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter named Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, along with Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu, and Fiona Shaw. This film is a rather cold but charming story of pure love - about two people who finally brighten up after finding each other. Take a look.
"Sooner or later the party has to end." "Why?!" Freestyle Digital Media has released the official US trailer for Animals, an indie dramedy about two wild young women wrestling with the ways of the world. This originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and it was released in the UK last year (here's the first trailer). Made by Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde, the film is based on Emma Jane Unsworth's novel of the same name about two best friends living in Dublin who will never not be best friends. Described as "wild, outrageous and utterly hilarious," Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat star as best friends who often get drunk, party hard, and live the good life. Until one of them meets a guy and life begins to change - unless they hold onto their old ways. Also starring Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy, Amy Molloy, Pat Shortt, Olwen Fouéré, and Kwaku Fortune. It's a spunky, raucous, vibrant, and totally rebellious film. Party on.
"Is he cute?" "I didn't really notice… that much." Amazon Prime has released an official trailer for Sylvie's Love, a classic romance set in New York City. This begins in the 1950s, telling the story of a young woman named Sylvie, played by Tessa Thompson, who works at her father's record shop in Harlem. There she meets Robert, played by former NFL defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha in his first major role, who is a jazz saxophonist with dreams of making it big. The two strike up a romance, but as the years past they drift apart, each trying to develop their careers. But love and fate brings them together once again, and their story continues many years later. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will be available on Amazon at Christmas. The full cast includes Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, and Jemima Kirke. Writer / director Eugene Ashe "combines romance and music into a sweeping story that brings together changing times, a changing culture, and the true price of love." Enjoy.
"Wish me luck, honey!" Good Deed + Cranked Up have released an official trailer for a film titled Survival Skills, a spoof comedy / mockumentary designed as a training video from the 1980s. This premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at Fantasia Fest this summer, as well as the Rhode Island, Horrible Imaginings, and Raindance Film Fests. "This film stems from my years of work in domestic violence, filtered through a darkly comic lens and a full-throated attack on modern American policing," says writer / director Quinn Armstrong. Survival Skills is a biting police training video expertly narrated (by Stacy Keach) like so many of the educational videos we remember fondly from back then… Lost for years and only now recovered, we meet Jim (Vayu O'Donnell), the perfect policeman in a perfect relationship in a perfect community, who gets in over his head when he tries to resolve a domestic violence case. Before long, the ugly underbelly of the "Good Guys in Blue" begins to expose itself and Jim decides to take matters into his own hands. Also starring Ericka Kreutz, Spencer Garrett, and Tyra Colar. Worth a quick look.
"You would die with that nameless horde?" "They're only nameless, because you don't know their names." Memento Films has released an official trailer for Persian Lessons (feat. English subtitles), a German-Russian WWII thriller from filmmaker Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog). This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but Gilles gets assigned a life-or-death mission: to teach Farsi to Head of Camp Koch. Through an ingenious trick, he manages to survive by inventing words of "Farsi" every day and teaching them to Koch. A harrowing story of survival during the Holocaust. The cast features Lars Eidinger as Koch, Jonas Nay, David Schütter, Alexander Beyer, Andreas Hofer, Leonie Benesch, and Luisa-Céline Gaffron. This looks to be another powerful Holocaust prestige film.
"Someone's following us." "This isn't safe." Sony Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie dark comedy titled The Kid Detective, marking the feature debut of Canadian filmmaker Evan Morgan. A once-celebrated kid detective, now 32, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bout of self-pity. Until a naïve client brings him his first "adult" case - to figure out who brutally murdered her boyfriend. This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and is out in theaters already later this week. Adam Brody stars as Abe, with Sophie Nélisse, Tzi Ma, Wendy Crewson, and Sarah Sutherland. This reminds me a bit of Derrick Comedy's Mystery Team film from over a decade ago, also about some "kid detectives" who get in over-their-heads. I just hope this is funnier than the trailer? Because it's a bit bland.
"I wouldn't say you're alive or dead." Sony Pictures Classics has released the first official trailer for Edson Oda's Nine Days, one of the best films of the year. This originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and received rave reviews - it's my current #1 film of the year so far. Winston Duke stars as a man who watches over souls on Earth. After one of them dies, he conducts a series of interviews with other human souls for a chance to be born. Making his feature-film debut after a series of highly acclaimed and award-winning short films and music videos, Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda delivers a "heartfelt and meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will." Also starring Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, Bill Skarsgård, David Rysdahl, and Arianna Ortiz. I totally flipped for this film at Sundance, I adore it, calling it "heart-pounding cinema" in my review from the festival. I so can't wait to watch it again. Get your first look below.
"Why do we hurry so much through life when it's moments like this that are worth remembering…" GVN has debuted an official trailer for a mystical, alluring Swedish romantic drama titled Ghabe, by filmmaker Markus Castro. The film premiered at festivals last year, and arrives on VOD later this month. Two Syrian refugees are housed in a cabin deep in the Swedish forest while waiting on residence permit. Monir begins to explore the grand mysterious forests surrounding the cabin. Their powerful presence lures him deeper, confronting him with his traumatic memories of the war. It's here he meets Moa, a young Swedish woman escaping the demands of modern society over the summer. Their curiosity brings them together, protected by the infinite patience of nature. But hidden fears and prejudices cause the summer to slowly slide toward a devastating end. Starring Adel Darwish, Nathalié Williamsdotter, Ahmad Fadel. Have a look below.
"You have opened a door to the past… I must go through." Gravitas Ventures has released the official US trailer for the indie photographer drama Hearts and Bones, which is finally getting a US release on VOD this fall. The film originally premiered at a few key film festivals last year, and it already opened in Australia earlier this summer (watch the first trailer). The Australian drama stars Hugo Weaving as a veteran war photographer, who befriends a Sudanese refugee while back home in Australia. Preparing for an upcoming exhibition, his new friend gets involved in his process and questions whether photos from a massacre in his village should be displayed. The film also stars Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, & Bolude Watson. It's a solid drama with a complex relationship at its core, explored in a compelling way thanks to Weaving taking on such an intricate role. He's matched by Luri's profound performance as well. This is worth a look.
"There's no such thing as a perfect astronaut." Vertical Ent. has revealed one final US trailer for the French astronaut drama Proxima, which is finally getting a US release this November (after it has opened in pretty much every other country following its premiere at TIFF last year). The inspirational, grounded drama from French filmmaker Alice Winocour (of Augustine, Disorder) is about a French astronaut named Sarah, a single mother preparing for her journey up into space to the International Space Station. She struggles to balance spending time with her young daughter, and the intense preparations for the voyage on the Russian rocket. Also starring Matt Dillon (as a stereotypical macho astronaut), Zélie Boulant-Lemesle, Sandra Hüller, Lars Eidinger, Nancy Tate, Jan Oliver Schroeder, & Vitaly Jay. This one is worth a watch. This low-key astronaut drama has plenty to say about women being astronauts, but also about mothers and their connection with their children. It's still an especially moving and sensitive film. Eva Green at her best.