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.
Images: IFC Films
Just before its premiere at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee’s latest film released its first trailer. Produced by Jordan Peele, BlacKkKlansman stars John David Washington (Ballers), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) as KKK leader David Duke.
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for the tense thriller You Were Never Really Here, starring three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and it’s a dark descent into a seedy underworld of high-society mansions and slummy alleyways.
A24 released a new trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the upcoming film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and his new muse, Colin Farrell.
The first international trailer for Lynne Ramsay’s new thriller You Were Never Really Here hit online. The film garnered rave reviews when it premiered (in an incomplete form) at the Cannes FIlm Festival, where Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor, and tied for Best Screenplay with Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. This is an intense film, and you can be sure there will be blood.
Yorgos Lanthimos released The Lobster last year and kick started one of 2016’s most talk-about art house films. The Greek director is known for his incredibly strange, sometimes hilarious, but always psychologically disturbing movies. In his latest film, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer all that semblance of whimsy one might have found in The Lobster is gone as Lanthimos has gone decidedly darker…much darker.