"I love the smell of cheese in the morning." Time to fight back against the evil "cheese-fueled machinery of hate"! It's all been there: Blaxploitation, Mexploitation, Sexploitation, Nunsploitation, Naziploitation. We think it's about time for the first Swissploitation film! Let's take famous Swiss mountain girl Heidi, cheese and the beautiful alps and combine them with Nazi gold, chocolate and Fondue. Add a few gallons of blood and lots of fun. That's Mad Heidi! From the producer of Iron Sky (Tero Kaukomaa), this faux-vintage action film introduces us to the "Swissploitation" subgenre by exploiting and exaggerating Swiss clichés in the best tradition of classic exploitation films. In Mad Heidi, the famous "Heidi" character – now grown-up – has to liberate Switzerland from a cheese dictatorship. No official cast has been announced, as the project is still finalizing funding to begin filming. If you want to support Heidi's fight, then join in and buy Heidi Bonds! Ha. This looks hilarious and of course the real Swiss government is afraid of it. Join the resistance.
"What if you do that hard work, and still don't find someone?" Vertical Ent. has debuted an official trailer for an indie
romantic comedy titled Spinster, the latest film from Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman (Parsley Days, Love That Boy, Heartbeat). This first premiered at the Whistler Film Festival last year, and also stopped by the Miami Film Festival. After her partner breaks up with her on her 39th birthday, Gaby tackles her fears of loneliness as well as preconceptions of what it means to be a single woman. Comedian Chelsea Peretti stars as Gaby. Her greatest fear, that she'll end up a lonely and pathetic spinster, seems to be her destiny. After a frenzy of dating leaves her exhausted and demoralized, she admits she might never find love and must create a Plan B. Also starring Susan Kent, Amy Groening, and Charlie Boyle. This looks smart and fun, and might have good advice on how you don't have to be in a relationship to enjoy life.
"The party's over, Papicha." Peccadillo Pictures in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for Papicha, an Algerian film which originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section last year. Set in Algiers in 1997, following four women trying to navigate an oppressive life in Algeria just as the civil war is about to get worse and change everything forever. "Lifting the lid on the radical events of the Algerian Civil War, Mounia Meddour's Papicha follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face to face with a new, dangerous reality." Starring Lyna Khoudri as Papicha, with Shirine Boutella, Nadia Kaci, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Zahra Doumandji, Yasin Houicha, Khalissa Houicha, and Meryem Medjkane. This looks like an excellent and brutally honest look at life in Algeria in the 90s and how it was all about to change with a war going on around them. It's worth a look.
"My baby girl was stolen. I need to file a report." Film Movement has released an official US trailer for the Peruvian film Song Without a Name, originally titled Canción Sin Nombre, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year (we featured a trailer then, too). The vintage B&W investigative drama is the feature directorial debut of a Peruvian filmmaker named Melina Leon. It's based on a true account of child trafficking uncovered by journalist Ismael Leon, father of the film's director. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the baby leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation with her. Starring Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernández, and Lidia Quipse. I really dig the look and feel of this, despite the very sad story it's telling.
"You can't think your way through this… you gotta let your body drive you." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a spunky dance competition film titled Work It, the latest from filmmaker Laura Terruso. When Quinn's admission to the college of her dreams now depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school… now she just needs to learn how to dance. Sounds cheesy and fun and we already know how it's all going to play out. Of course. The film stars Sabrina Carpenter, Liza Koshy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Drew Ray Tanner, with Michelle Buteau and Jordan Fisher. Featuring dance choreography by Aakomon Jones. This looks like they followed a check list of ticking off every dance movie trope they can think of. It wouldn't be a real dance movie without them.
"Show me what your made of!" Saban Films has debuted a new US trailer for Calm With Horses, a crime thriller about an Irish enforcer living in "darkest rural Ireland". This originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and we already posted the first UK trailer at the start of this year. Ex-boxer Douglas "Arm" Armstrong, played by Cosmo Jarvis, is the faithful and violent right-hand man to the drug-dealing Devers clan, ready to dole out beatings at the whim of his friend. His struggle to find his place in the world has consequences on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Ursula. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are tested when he is asked to kill for the first time. Also starring Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar, Ned Dennehy, Hazel Doupe, David Wilmot, and Kiljan Moroney. This film has been receiving rave reviews at festivals and throughout the year from numerous critics. Looks like a brutal, stirring crime flick.
"What do we know about war?" "Enough to fake one." Vertical Ent. has released the official trailer for an indie comedy titled How to Fake A War, from filmmaker Rudolph Herzog (son of Werner Herzog). This seems to be an updated take on Wag the Dog, centering the need to start a fake war around a global charity concert called "Piece of Peace". When an unexpected outbreak of peace leads to a ceasefire between Russian forces and Georgian rebels, a publicist tries to make a fake war so the concert doesn't end up cancelled. The film stars Jay Pharoah, Katherine Parkinson, Lily Newmark, Daryl McCormack, Ali Cook, and Samuel Vargu. This looks a bit too wacky, and somewhat careless, to actually connect with audiences this year. Not only is it a cheesier Wag the Dog, but there doesn't seem to be much nuance to this. Check it out.
"What if something did happen to her?" Freestyle Digital Media has unveiled an official trailer for an indie mystery-thriller titled What We Found. This hasn't premiered at any festivals, as far as we know, and will be available on VOD next month. What We Found is an emotionally-fulfilling murder mystery about the first time in our lives we take a stand against what we know to be wrong. The plot is about a high school teen who mysteriously disappears, and four other students who try to figure out what happened. With the police unable, or unwilling, to find her, the young friends take it upon themselves to find out what happened her, undertaking a harrowing journey that will change them all… Starring James Ransone, Yetide Badaki, Elizabeth Mitchell, Brandon Larracuente, Jordan Hall, Oona Laurence, Julian Shatkin, plus Giorgia Whigham. Looks like it's trying to be an updated Stand By Me, though is nowhere near that level.
"What's it about?" "My inability to love. But I'm fine, now…" Artsploitation Films has released a US trailer for an indie film from the UK titled Benjamin, the second feature by British comedian / filmmaker Simon Amstell. This autobiographical film is a "charmingly offbeat romantic comedy about a mess-of-a-filmmaker juggling the anxieties and excitement of his upcoming film premiere with the fear and awkwardness of a burgeoning romance." A young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a new love and an upcoming premiere after being introduced to a French musician. The film stars Colin Morgan, Anna Chancellor, Phénix Brossard, Gabe Gilmour, Jack Rowan, Joel Fry, and Jessica Raine. Seems like a charming and refreshing film, a deeply personal story about figuring yourself out in the midst of life's ups and downs.
"This feels like one of those places you go only if you have to…" Indican has released an official trailer for an indie drama titled Guest Artist, which premiered at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival last year. Marking the directorial debut of award-winning actor / producer Timothy Busfield, the film is about a disillusioned playwright who meets a young aspiring playwright who challenges his weary old ways while on a trip to a small town in Michican. The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Jeff Daniels stars (and wrote the screenplay) with Thomas Macias, and a small cast including Richard McWilliams, Erika Slezak, McKara Bechler, and Lynch Travis. This looks a bit too weird and depressive despite the potential for an introspective, refreshing look at the difference between young optimism and aging despair. Have a look.
"There is no way that this low life's getting into Heaven whilst I'm stuck here." Uncork'd Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie horror comedy called Limbo, the latest from indie filmmaker Mark Young. The high concept, low budget film is about a murderer who dies and finds himself on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney. The entire setup is based around being in "limbo" with a colorful cast of characters. James Purefoy stars a Lucifer, with Lucian Charles Collier as Balthazar, plus Veronica Cartwright, Rebekah Kennedy, Scottie Thompson, Peter Jacobson, Lauryn Canny, Richard Riehle, and Lew Temple. This look that bad, but doesn't look that good either.
"Oh god, we're not alone…!" Midnight Releasing has unveiled a new US trailer for a lost British indie sci-fi film titled Invasion Earth, which first premiered on DVD in the UK back in 2016 with the alternate title Into the Light. It is finally getting an official US release this year, which isn't a good sign. Famous self-help Guru, Dr. Carson, travels to his facility with eight young addicts with the aim of helping them through their troubles and integrating them back into society. A TV journalist tries to expose the group as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos with the beginning of an alien invasion. Starring Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, and David Shaw. As much as we enjoy featuring indie sci-fi, this looks awful. Not only is the concept bad, the footage looks so forgettable.