Twitch Film and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. This edition brings The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace in a new Norwegian thriller, Danish gunfire, a Hot Fuzz co-star’s very serious (and brilliant) directorial feature debut, the directors of Persepolis going live action and a very, very odd Japanese kids film with Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein and a kid with very large ears played by someone probably twice the character’s supposed age. Onwards!
1. Tyrannosaur by Paddy Considine, UK
The UK has a great tradition of social realist cinema, the sort of often grim slice of life stuff that has propelled the likes of Ken Loach and Shane Meadows onto the world stage. And now frequent Meadows collaborator Paddy Considine looks poised to take up that mantle thanks to his stunning Tyrannosaur. Anchored by brilliant performances from leads Peter Mullan and Olivia Coleman coupled with remarkably assured direction from first-timer Considine, Tyrannosaur has won raves at Sundance and around the globe and with the UK release edging up the first trailer has finally appeared.
2. Babycall by Pal Sletaune, Norway
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was vaulted to international fame thanks to her performance in the original screen version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and while she’ll soon be all over multiplexes in the US thanks to major parts in Sherlock Holmes 2 and Prometheus, she stuck a bit closer to home to complete one more local film before making the leap.
That film is Babycall, the latest from director Pal Sletaune. Sletaune doesn’t make a lot of films and he doesn’t make any bad ones so the simple fact that he’s back is cause to celebrate. That he’s cast Rapace as a battered woman convinced she’s heard the murder of a child over the baby monitor she bought to track her own son ... well, that’s a pretty spectacular move.
3. ID:A by Christian E Christiansen, Denmark
We’ll stick in the district a bit longer for a quick hop over to Denmark and a look at Christian E Christiansen’s upcoming thriller ID:A. Christiansen had a bit of a surprise hit on these shores earlier this year with The Roommate and if the trailer for ID:A is any indication he’s now looking to bring a bit of American-style flash and dazzle – by which I mean gunplay – back to Copenhagen. This first teaser is just that but though it clocks in under a minute they’ve managed to wedge and awful lot of firepower in there.
4. Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, France
Hands up everyone out there who loved Persepolis. Chances are if you saw it at all your hand is up now. Because that’s the way things went for the Oscar nominated debut by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. An animated feature based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Satrapi, Persepolis was a huge hit around the world and firmly planted the duo as names to watch in the international film world.
That they’ve chosen to follow up their first success with an adaptation of another of Satrapi’s graphic novels comes as no surprise. Heck, it was pretty much a given considering that Persepolis was the first in a trilogy. What’s surprising, however, is that the duo has ditched the animation (pretty much) and chosen to go live action instead. And guess what? They appear to be pretty good at that, too.
5. Kaibutsu-Kun by Yoshihiro Nakamura, Japan
And, finally, we come to the part of the program that I like to refer to as ‘Japan Is Weird’. The oddity this time out comes in the form of Kaibutsu-Kun - a big budget, 3D, family friendly spectacle based on a manga from the 1960s that has already spawned two anime series and a live action television adaptation. The weird bit? It’s about a young shape shifting boy – as played by pop star Satoshi Ohno – who travels from Monster Land to the human world accompanied by his friends Dracula, The Wolfman and Frankenstein. You know they’re friendly because Dracula drinks tomato juice instead of blood. And this big, colourful, physics defying extravaganza comes helmed by a man beloved amongst indie film fans for his equally odd but much smaller and more personal works Fish Story and Golden Slumber. If this was really made for ten year olds then ten years olds in Japan do a lot of acid.
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