Trailer Watch: Cannes Edition
We start today’s Cannes edition Trailer Watch with the Turkish film that won the Palm D’or at this year’s competition. Winter Sleep is a film about a former actor who runs a small hotel in Anatolia with his wife and sister. His hotel attracts people looking for a shelter from the harsh winter, but as the weeks roll on the hotel becomes a powder keg of supressed rage. At least that’s what IMDB told me. The trailer left me more confused than the Japanese trailer for Still the Water. The trailer certainly seems to be filled people who’s emotions are barely being contained. The sharp punctuations of violence hint at the possibility of bad things happening as the film reaches its climax. It’s daring us as viewers; asking us if we can stomach being trapped with these hate filled characters for a mammoth three and a half hours as their animosities reach unbearable levels. This is a trailer that needs no English to communicate its dark appeal.
Maps to the Stars
David Cronenberg’s latest Cannes effort Maps to the Stars is in English and is just as indecipherable as its Turkish competition. This is mostly because Mia Wasikowska’s character seems to be all things to all people and the film never gives us any indication to her (alleged) ulterior motive. John Cusack fears her, Julianne Moore admires her and Robert Pattinson wants to sleep with her. Come to think of it Robert Pattinson looks like he wants to sleep with anything that moves. It has tension, suspicion and plenty of unease, but it also has the smug, self-satisfied tone of too many Hollywood satires. Whimsical flights of fancy, baseless quirky behaviour and infuriatingly vague philosophical meanderings. Maps to the Stars looks like a film with lots to say but no idea what any of it means.
This one’s out Friday 30th of May, so it’s especially timely. British Cannes veteran Ken Loach directs this tale about Jimmy Gralton, an Irish exile during the Red Scare of the 1930’s. Jimmy’s Hall is a meeting place that encourages people to come along, have a good time and speak their minds. A dangerous thing to do in 1930’s Ireland. The trailer has no mystery, but neither does the film it seems. That’s not a criticism, not every film needs intrigue you just need a good story and good characters. The trailer for Jimmy’s Hall has me convinced it has both. It opens with Jimmy giving heartfelt speech that no one could possibly object to and cutting to a wonderfully unconvinced, not to mention suspicious reaction shot from the actor Jim Norton. That’s the film in a microcosm right there. In thirty seconds it performs its function as a trailer better than most do in a hundred and fifty. The trailer from there only goes on to elaborate upon the concept introduced. It makes you care about its characters and their struggle and if this trailer can do that in less than two and a half minutes it’s a sign that the film is a sure fire success.