Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. As per usual it’s a broad selection of countries and styles in this edition with films ranging from Norwegian fantasy to Indian action to a Dutch thriller, French action and a dark Serbian fairy tale.
1. Loveless Zoritsa by Radoslav Pavkovi? and Christina Hadjicharalambous, Serbia
Serbia makes its first appearance in the International Trailer Domination thanks to darkly comic fairy tale Loveless Zoritsa. The story of a beautiful young woman who is either the world’s unluckiest romantic or a serial killer the trailer for this wouldn’t be out of place in either Terry Gilliam or Jean Pierre Jeunet’s library. The sense of humor is morbid, the delivery just slightly larger than life and it all looks pretty fantastic.
2. Taped by Diederik Van Rooijen, The Netherlands
Dutch thriller Taped is one of those films so blessed with such a simple to understand, universal concept coupled with tightly wound direction that it seems a likely candidate to be a breakout international film in 2012. The story goes like this: Husband and wife vacation in Buenos Aires, where things are great until they accidentally film a crooked cop killing a man. At which point all bets are off. Simple. To the point. Effective.
3. Thale by Aleksander Nordaas, Norway
Yes, you are looking at a photo of a naked woman with a tail. The woman / creature in question lies at the center of Aleksander Nordaas’ Thale. Nordaas low budget, fully independent debut feature posits a world where fairy tale creatures are not imaginary but rather hidden offshoots of the evolutionary tree and the woman in question is not a woman at all but a huldra – a figure common in Northern European tales.
4. Mr Nokia by Ani, India
That India is frequently home to the world’s craziest movies is not exactly news. But there are degrees of crazy and the craziest stuff in India tends to come from the south, most often from the Telugu speaking industry. Such is the case with Mr Nokia. Why is its main character named for a cell phone brand? I have no idea. But when the trailer for your film credits your stars with “Thrills and Stunts” and then proceeds to back that up ... well, you know.
5. Blind Man by Xavier Palud, France
French director Xavier Palud is a textbook example of a young talent nearly undone by one bad decision. As co-director of French horror hit Ils, Palud had his moment as an industry darling – a moment he took advantage of for a crack at Hollywood. The problem is that the Hollywood project he took was the remake of The Eye and when that film tanked miserably so did Palud’s career. He’s directed only a single episode of television since but he’s back in France now, where uber-producer Luc Besson has taken him under wing to direct action-thriller Blind Man. Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) is the titular blind man, a man police feel may also be a serial killer however unlikely that may sound. As always from Besson the end product is slick and loaded with adrenaline.
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