There's been a ton of awards chatter this month as festivals like Venice, Telluride and Toronto officially launch this year's awards season, highlighting a number of potential nominees throughout their lineups. One film that's missing from all of these fests, however, is perhaps the one that's favored to win it all: Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Settling in to its late-December release, War Horse is like the film that gets to go straight to the finals, instead of entering the festival arena first to try to build buzz or gain a distributor. The play (itself based on the novel) won a Tony Award earlier in the year, and now with Spielberg at the helm -- coupled with that magnificent first trailer -- it's all but certain the film will be in the running for Best Picture.
Check out the first poster below, along with the trailer.
From director Steven Spielberg comes “War Horse,” an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse—an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war—a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.