An international teaser trailer for Shadow, the latest film from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Flowers of War, Coming Home, The Great Wall) has debuted online. The film is a re-imagining of the classic Three Kingdoms story from Chinese history and is yet another martial arts epic.
MGM unveiled a harrowing first trailer for Operation Finale, the historical thriller starring Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3). The drama is about the hunt and capture of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in Argentina in the 1960s. Oscar Isaac stars as Peter Malkin, the Mossad member and head of a group of Israeli spies who took him down. Eichmann had murdered Malkin’s sister and her children and was the organizer of the transport of Jews to concentration camps in Europe. He escaped to Austria and then to Argentina after WWII.
Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for David Lowery’s upcoming crime drama The Old Man And The Gun starring Robert Redford as the true-life elderly career criminal and prison escape artist Forrest Tucker, who conducts a string of bank robberies well into his 70s. As he continues his stint as a gentleman robber, he meets and falls in love with Jewel (Sissy Spacek) and is hunted by Casey Affleck‘s Detective John Hunt.
Columbia Pictures released the first trailer for the Matthew McConaughey starrer White Boy Rick. Directed by Yann Demange (’71) and produced by Darren Aronofsky, the film takes place in 1980s Detroit and tells the true story of a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and his teenage son (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, but whose life spiraled quickly after he was abandoned by his handlers.
20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Steve McQueen’s star-studded new movie, Widows. Co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo as four women who decide to finish the heist that killed their four husbands.
South Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong made huge waves at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival with what was heralded as one of the best films in competition at the French film fest. Burning returns director Lee to the Croisette after an 8-year absence, but he’s back with a whopper. Star Yoo Ah In, as well as The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun in an eerily sinister performance that is sure to earn him awards buzz once the movie hits Stateside.
IFC Films released the first teaser trailer for Wildlife, the directorial debut of Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick), and based on the Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. The film stars Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, An Education) and a very trailer busy Jake Gyllenhaal who we also got a look at in the first trailer for The Sisters Brothers.
Check out the first teaser trailer for Wildlife below:
Mulligan delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe, played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job — and his sense of purpose — he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.
The debut trailer really puts Mulligan’s powerhouse performance front and center. There is already some serious Oscar buzz for the actress which started almost immediately after the movie first screened at Sundance. It has since screened in other film festivals including being the opening film of Cannes Critics Week where Charles Tesson, the sidebar’s artistic director, described Wildlife as a “director-driven film in the vein of Jeff Nichols’ films.”
“I wanted to make a film for a long time,” Dano had told the Sundance audience gathered for his festival screening. “I was really moved by [Ford’s book], and I think something that he captured that I loved was the feeling that family is one of the greatest loves of our life. And because of that, it’s also one of the greatest sources of struggle and possibly pain in our life, and it’s because of love that we experience that pain. And so the compassion towards these sort of flawed parents, and witnessing that through the kid’s eyes, spoke to me.”
Wildlife will be released in theaters on October 19, 2018.
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