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 Takashi Miike tackles a Nintendo DS game, the creators of Inside return with their latest, Norway kills a stripper, we find a dash of something a mite Coen-y from The Netherlands and - because the world is a big, strange place – an Indian Hitler (literally) falls in love.
1. Livid by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, France
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo became the golden children of the French horror wave with their debut film, Inside. The film was a huge hit around the world, prompting something of a bidding war for their services with a number of high profile studio pictures tossed their way. But once the dust settled they ended up staying in France for their second film and Livid is the result. The results have been somewhat polarizing on the festival circuit but there’s no denying these guys have a way with images. It’s gorgeous to look at.
2. Jackpot by Magnus Martens, Norway
Magnus Martens’ Jackpot has made it into the column once before – when the first brief teaser appeared – and it’s back now with the arrival of the full trailer. This one is the first original screenplay by Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbo – his work is available in translation around the world and his novel Headhunter has been made into a hit film in Norway with a US version also on the way – and he is definitely throwing a bit of dark comedy into the mix. It’s the story of four friends whose lottery win turns violent when they can’t agree on how to divide the winnings and Martens looks to have done stylish work.
3. Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney by Takashi Miike, Japan
One thing that has been made clear over the years is that if his schedule allows Japanese cult director Takashi Miike will turn virtually anything into a movie. If you’ve got a script and a budget, he’ll make it. There have been some misfires along the way, sure, but as often as not he manages to turn offbeat source material into something worth watching which makes the fact that his next film to hit screens is adapted from a Nintendo DS game more of a curiosity than a warning. Yep. A DS game. A DS courtroom game, actually. Crazy hair and all.
4. Plan C by Max Porcelijn, The Netherlands
It seems like every year some unlikely country steps up with a wave of quality, commercially minded, genre tinged fare and trailers like the one for Max Porcelijn 's Plan C make me believe that this year that nation is The Netherlands. A dark comedy about a debt ridden detective who attempts to orchestrate the holdup of an illegal poker game, the looks to be a bit of the Coen Brothers in this one and that's a good thing indeed.
5. Hero Hitler In Love by Babbu Maan, India
Lest there be any doubt about this, let me make it absolutely clear: There is no irony intended in the title of Hero Hitler In Love. Though not a film about the actual Hitler it does hold him up as something of a role model and it means that 'hero' bit seriously. India has a strange relationship with the fuehrer, apparently, and nowhere is it stranger than here.
The International Trailer Domination Tour is compiled from the pages of Twitch where international films are a specialty. Keep up with everything around the globe by visiting Twitch on the web, finding Twitch on Facebook or following Twitch on Twitter.