Cannes Buzz Trailers: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors,' Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' & Palme d'Or Winner 'Amour'

Cannes Buzz Trailers: Leos Carax's 'Holy Motors,' Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' & Palme d'Or Winner 'Amour'

May 29, 2012

The fine folks at Film School Rejects shared the trailer for Leos Carax's latest Holy Motors, and as expected it looks bizarre and amazing. The filmmaker directed a segment for anthology film Tokyo! alongside Michel Gondry and Bong Joon-ho in 2008, but his last feature was the Herman Melville, incest-inspired tale Pola X in 1999.

All we know judging from the trailer for Holy Motors is that it looks potentially Martyrs-esque violent, stars Kylie Minogue, and — according to FSR — features a fully erect, naked man who eats Eva Mendes' hair (ok, that part isn't in the trailer, but we're really curious). The official synopsis tells us a bit more about the story, centering on a "shadowy character" who darts between multiple parallel lives adopting the roles of "captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man." Carax apparently wrote the role specifically for longtime collaborator, French actor Denis Lavant. The film opens in France on July 4 and not soon enough in the U.S. More info on release dates when we get it.



Brad Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan in Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly as a professional enforcer investigating a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game. IGN shared a clip from the crime thriller — based on book Cogan's Trade — that features a blunt conversation between Pitt's thug Cogan and Richard Jenkins about Cogan's preferred method of snuffing a guy out. How does he enjoy murdering men? Obvious hint: movie title. We always enjoy watching Pitt being the baddie, so we hope we're in for a treat. The actor also co-produced the film, which recently received a 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes. See more below.

Even though Cannes' jury head, Italian director Nanni Moretti, vehemently disliked Michael Haneke's violent 1997 psychological thriller Funny Games — thereby leaving everyone to assume Haneke's new movie Amour didn't stand a chance at this year's festival — the Austrian director took home the venerable Palme d'Or. The film takes a look at an elderly couple facing their mortality. Isabelle Huppert stars as their daughter who lives abroad. A health scare tests the bonds of the family. We've shared the emotional trailer below (and read our review here). The film doesn't open in the UK until November 16, with no U.S. date announced yet.


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