"I was in a war over Abel." Kino Lorber has debuted an official trailer for the French relationship drama A Faithful Man, originally titled L'homme fidèle in French. This is the second film directed by French actor-filmmaker Louis Garrel, who also co-stars in it. A couple's relationship becomes complicated when she leaves him for his best friend, and returns after he dies. The full cast includes Laetitia Casta as Marianne, Lily-Rose Depp as Ève, plus Joseph Engel, Vladislav Galard, and Diane Courseille. This is another one of these very French films about romance and love and sex and the complexities of it - which might be enticing for some of you. "Shifting points of view as nimbly as its players switch partners, the sophomore feature from actor/director Louis Garrel—co-written with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière—is at once a beguiling bedroom farce and a playful inversion of the patriarchal tropes of the French New Wave." Dive in.
"Maybe if I can fix what I broke, things will go back to normal for both of us…" Gravitas has debuted the trailer for an indie drama titled Above the Shadows, formerly known as Shadow Girl. That latter title seems like a better fit as this is a supernatural tale that follows a young woman, played by Olivia Thirlby, who has faded from the world to the point of becoming invisible. After a decade existing in the shadows, Holly meets the one man who can see her - a disgraced MMA fighter. She must restore him to his former glory if she wants to regain a foothold in the world around her. Seems like an odd concept for today's times - a woman must help a man fight his way to glory to regain her visibility? Hmm. Also starring Megan Fox, Justine Cotsonas, Alan Ritchson, Jim Gaffigan, Maria Dizzia, and Tito Ortiz. Does not look good.
"I don't know about magic… I always called it 'the shining.'" Warner Bros has unveiled the first trailer for Doctor Sleep, the adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to his original novel "The Shining". So this is a direct sequel to Kubrick's The Shining movie. Doctor Sleep is both written and directed by Mike Flanagan, of "The Haunting of Hill House" fame and director of the other Stephen King film Gerald's Game, which means this is in good hands. Set years after the events of The Shining, Ewan McGregor stars as an adult Danny Torrance, a man with psychic powers known as "the shining". The cast includes Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, head of the True Knot, a cult that feeds on children with these powers; Kyliegh Curran, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Jacob Tremblay, Carl Lumbly (playing the same cook played by Scatman Crothers in The Shining), and Alex Essoe as Wendy Torrance, Danny's mother (originally played by Shelley Duvall). This looks very cool, a tasty first look tease.
"For dogs, happiness is different than it is for humans." There's a truly remarkable, one-of-a-kind dog film premiering at the Annecy Film Festival - the major animation film festival - this week. It's titled Marona's Fantastic Tale, originally titled L'Extraordinaire Voyage de Marona in French, made by Romanian filmmaker Anca Damian (A Very Unsettled Summer, Moon Hotel Kabul) with stunning graphic design by Brecht Evens. The film is about a little dog who, at the end of her life, looks back on her life and tells the story of her various owners. She has loved them all unconditionally, but of course life hasn't always been easy. The film is beautiful not only because it's told from the perspective of a dog, but also thanks to the very trippy, entrancing, imaginative animation style that mixes techniques to create something unique. GKids has already picked up the film for release in the US sometime soon (hopefully this year); in the meantime you can check out this trailer with English subtitles below. To get a sense of how this looks and feels. Enjoy.
"We HAVE to do something." RYOT has revealed a second trailer for the documentary known as 5B, made by filmmakers Paul Haggis & Dan Krauss. The title 5B is a reference to the very first AIDS ward at a San Francisco hospital that opened in 1983. During the terrifying early days of the AIDS outbreak, a war rages among the nurses, doctors, and staff charged with caring for the infected. Described in THR's review as "a stirring assembly of first-person oral history and extensive archival footage that honors the pioneering work carried out in that ward, which opened in 1983 at San Francisco General Hospital in direct response to a state of emergency still being widely ignored." The accalimed film just played at the Cannes Film Festival, and is opening in select theaters starting this week. Looks like a must-see doc that shows us how much of a difference compassion makes. "An uplifting film about human decency and generosity of spirit." See below.
"I've lost my hammer." The first full trailer has debuted for an offbeat, dark comedy titled Patrick, from Flemish filmmaker Tim Mielants. The film will premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival coming up this summer and was just picked up for release by Beta Cinema, which is where this trailer is from. Patrick lives with his parents on a naturist campsite. When his dad dies he finds himself in charge of the camp, however Patrick has other things on his mind. He has lost his favorite hammer. The camp guests want Patrick to get a grip on his life, but he is determined to find his hammer. His search becomes an existential quest. Kevin Janssens stars as Patrick, with a cast including Jemaine Clement, Jan Bijvoet, Hannah Hoekstra, Pierre Bokma, Ariane van Vliet, and Bouli Lanners. Described as "fiercely original", Patrick "expands the narrative realm and genres… a thriller, comedy, drama, parable, all in one." It looks… weird, but funny.
"It's humanizing to be this close together." HBO has debuted the official trailer for the indie documentary titled Wig, a film celebrating the early days of New York drag culture and the ways in which it contributed to today’s understanding of queerness, art and identity. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and it debuts on HBO later this month, for those who want to check it out. Made by the director of the docs Banksy Does New York and Gaga: Five Foot Two, Wig is about an annual drag festival known as "Wigstock", which first launched in 1984 and ran until 2001. Now it's back and the return of the biggest drag performance ever appeared last summer. Wig explores the origins and the influence of the historic fest through rich archival footage, as well as provides a look into the contemporary drag movement for which the festival served as a foundation. This looks energetic, upbeat and totally wild, both as a festival and to watch.
"Do you really consider yourself a normal citizen?" Signature Ent. has debuted an official UK trailer for a political drama titled The Candidate, originally titled The Realm or also El Reino. This Spanish dramatic thriller is about a politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper exposes the truth to the public. Antonio de la Torre stars as an influential regional vice-secretary "who had everything in his favor to take the leap into national politics", until he gets caught up in a scandal that changes everything. Also starring Mónica López, José María Pou, Bárbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda, Ana Wagener, Luis Zahera, Francisco Reyes, and María de Nati. This premiered at the Toronto & San Sebastian Film Festivals last year, and is getting a UK release this summer but nothing in the US yet. Looks damn good. Perhaps a story real-life politicians should heed.
"You just never know with him… Is this a joke?" Hulu has debuted an official trailer for the documentary called The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, originally known as The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The Amazing Johnathan is a comedian magician / illusionist, already very well known, who finished up a few tours in 2017 and 2018. What begins as a doc film following the final tour of a dying magician - "The Amazing Johnathan" - becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion. I heard from those who saw at Sundance that the film is less about Johnathan, more about the challenge of making a documentary, and what happens when things get confusing and you can't tell who is being truthful or not. As a fan of both magic and documentaries, you can definitely count me in with this one. Take a look.
"Fiddler captures those big moments in our lives, moments of transition…" Roadside Attr. has unveiled an official trailer for a doc film titled Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, from filmmaker Max Lewkowicz. The documentary tells the origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It first premiered on Broadway in 1964, and was the first musical at the time to surpass 3,000 performances during its original run. This looks like a very fascinating, lively look back at Broadway (and cinema) history.
Orson Welles: "The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official trailer for the 4K restoration of the classic comedy The General, made by and starring Buster Keaton. "Many critics consider The General to be the last great comedy of the silent era, and it consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on international critics' polls." Cohen Media has been restoring and re-releasing many of Keaton's classic films, and it's exciting to see something from 1927 restored from the original work all the way to 4K. That's an immense clarity that even the original audiences didn't have back in the 1920s. In The General, Keaton plays a Confederate train engineer who single-handedly pursues his beloved locomotive ("The General") when Union spies steal it. If you still haven't seen it, it's always the right time to see a Buster Keaton classic.
"Anybody crosses Raymond gets buried." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for a low budget, direct-to-VOD heist thriller titled Vault, set in the 1970s and seemingly based on a true story (maybe but also maybe not?). Made by Rhode Island native filmmaker Tom DeNucci, Vault is about a group of small time criminals who attempt to pull off the biggest heist in American history -- stealing over $30 million from the Mafia working in the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island. The ensemble cast includes Theo Rossi, Clive Standen, Chazz Palminteri, Samira Wiley, Don Johnson, William Forsythe, Burt Young, Andrew Divoff, Sean Ringgold, Vincent Pastore, Dorothy Lyman, and Chuck Zito. This looks like a forgettable, wannabe Scorsese crime film that no one will watch. Nothing to worry about here, move along.