In no more than two weeks’ time, a lucky set of journalists will be plunking down for (a number of) amazing films by (many) amazing filmmakers. The rest of us must settle for trailers and photos.
Don’t take that as some hint of bitterness: Cannes is a momentous event for any stateside cinephile, be it the influx of hype or great coverage providing it. Not knowing a significant amount about many selected works makes all the difference, bridging the hype gap that so many promotional items will often fill in for months, in their massive presence sometimes sucking out the joy of discovery.
All the more reason, really, for us to appreciate the semi-informative bits which come along. For example, CineRepublic (via ThePlaylist) have provided a full-length trailer for La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), director Paolo Sorrentino‘s follow-up to Il Divo and This Must Be the Place which, beforehand, was only glimpsed in a short and mysterious teaser built on pure mood. This new one opts for an alternate approach: its story — that of a journalist taking steps to feel young again — is hard to get full grasp of in a dialogue-heavy, subtitles-free preview, but the images have a more explosive quality that speaks to this director’s past titles.
Take a look at the preview below, followed by a poster and new images:
Next up, we have some bits from an even more anticipated entry: James Gray‘s The Immigrant (formerly known as Lowlife and Nightingale), a period-era morality tale starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. Three new photos have sprouted from the Facebook page of blog Filmosphere, a pair of production stills displaying the first two stars in action, while a third features the writer-director on set; the third is relatively inauspicious, but a balance in color tone and striking difference in setting among the former pair serve as a good tease.
The Immigrant should open this fall, but, in the meantime, you can have a gander at these shots for yourself:
Which title are you anticipating the most? How do these quick peeks shape up?
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