Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. In this edition a Mexican punk rock icon, a dead dog, revenge in the south of India, Czech animation and a Colombian military squad completely unprepared for what they find on their latest mission.
1. The Squad by Jaime Osorio Marquez, Colombia
Soon to arrive on US shores when it premieres at Fantastic Fest, Jaime Osorio Marquez’ The Squad is sure to be one of the buzz titles coming out of Latin America this year. The Colombian military horror follows a squad of soldiers sent to a remote mountain base where they discover nothing but the bodies of their comrades and a strange woman walled up into a room. Cue chaos. A short teaser for this one impressed a little while back but now the full trailer has followed for a much better look at the mood and tone of the piece and it promises to be one hell of a good time.
2. Agneepath by Karan Malhotra, India
‘Subtle’ is not a word frequently associated with mainstream Indian cinema and it is not one likely to be applied to Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath. Epic, colourful, and bloody are far more likely adjectives to be applied here. A remake of the 1990 revenge film of the same name, Agneepath follows a course blazed by many films before – young man grows up to take revenge on the gangster who killed his family – but it does it with style. Big style. More than any other nation in the world India understands that mainstream films must entertain the audience and they pull out all the stops to do so. This one looks like they’ve succeeded.
3. Behold The Lamb by John McIlduf, Northern Ireland
Do any people in the world do black comedy better than the Irish? I think not and John McIlduf is about to unleash what looks like a doozy at the Toronto International Film Festival. Revolving around a sheep (alive), a dog (dead), and a pair of addicts this would be one seriously grim road movie if not for the fact that it also looks hilarious. McIlduf has a great sense of timing and of the absurd and the trailer for his debut feature hits all the right notes.
4. Alois Nebel by Tomáš Lunák, Czech Republic
Like The Squad up above, Alois Nebel is a film that has appeared in this column before with the arrival of a very impressive teaser. And like The Squad it reappears now thanks to the arrival of a full trailer that takes the strengths of that initial introduction and expands them out even further.
A Czech animation based on a popular graphic novel, Alois Nebel was created using a rotoscoping technique similar to that used in Waking Life though the goal here was to create a world that appears to have been lifted from the printed page. It’s a dark, slightly surreal story and the team behind the feature have nailed it absolutely perfectly.
5. Machete Language by Kyzza Terrazas, Mexico
We wrap things up now with a trip to Mexico for the Venice selected Machete Language. A gritty coming of age story laced with sex, drugs and rock and roll, Machete Language features Mexican punk rock singer Jessy Bulbo in one of the leads of this story of mutually destructive love gone wrong. Call it an anarchist, indie Trainspotting and you may not be too far off the mark.
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