Saturday is almost over – it’s been a busy week, another busy one to come (and a busy February as well) – but here is, still on time, Trailer Weekly #17. A whole lot of Americana this week (but fear not – not the blockbusters). Korea (2x), Japan, UK and Albania also feature.

  • 밀양 (Milyang/Secret Sunshine, South Korea, 2007) – A few years old, ventures into tragic territory but may be more hopeful than you might initially expect from a story that involves a mother losing her child.
    N.B. Milyang is available at the KCCUK (London) library.
  • 僕たちは世界を変えることができない。(Bokutachi wa Sekai wo Kaeru Koto ga Dekinai./We Can’t Change The World But, We Wanna Build a School in Cambodia., Japan, 2011) – Super-long title, but who says film titles should be short anyway? Based on the autobiographical novel of the same (self-explanatory) title by Hada Kota.
  • Submarine (UK, 2011) – This one appeared on the Guardian’s “First Film Award” shortlist. About teenage love – but it’s a “dark coming-of-age comedy”.
  • Moonrise Kingdom (USA, 2012) – Set in 1965, another youthful love story: this one’s a quirky tale about two smitten twelve-year olds that run away together. Looks hilariously funny and has a fabulous ensemble cast to boot (including Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand).
  • Detachment (USA, 2012) – There are actors and there are celebrities. Adrien Brody, who plays a substitute teacher that avoids developing emotional bonds with people by never staying at any place too long, is definitely the former. Marcia Gay Harden is another acting powerhouse in this film. I’m slightly wary that Detachment might end up being a ‘feel good film’, but let’s keep our fingers crossed that it’ll be more original than that.
  • Falja e Gjakut (The Forgiveness of Blood, Albania/USA, 2011) – Trailer on iTunes and on YouTube. Set in a small town in Albania, a teenager’s life changes dramatically when his family becomes involved in a dispute because of which, according to the ancient code of law of the Kanun, they now owe a life. Ismael Kadare, one of Albania’s internationally best known writers and winner of the Man Booker Prize, wrote a novel that centres on the Kanun in 1980 (Prilli i thyer, trans. as Broken April, translator not credited online). Broken April is not directly related to this film, but I recommend it highly, as well as the Brazilian film Abril Despedacado (English title Behind the Sun, 2001) that was made based on Kadare’s book.
  • Pariah (USA, 2011) – I saw the trailer for this a while back already, but an article (in the Guardian once more) drew my attention to it again.

Bonus Links

  • 마리이야기 (Mari Iyagi/My Beautiful Girl Mari, South Korea, 2002) – I only found a dubbed trailer for this, but since I can’t handle those, here is a 4-minute clip of the opening instead. Even just this one image (below) from this animated film is enough to make me want to see it – because obviously, there is a director (Lee Seong-kang) with his very own vision of the world at work.
    N.B. Mari Iyagi is available at the KCCUK (London) library.
  • 6th Asian Film Awards Nominees – There are not just the Golden Globes, the Oscars, Cannes, the Berlinale (et cetera), or even indie film fests like Sundance, but there are film festivals and major film awards elsewhere too. Somehow, in this part of the world, we seem to forget that.
  • The British Prime Minister David Cameron recently ignited a heated debate when suggesting that film funding should go to mainstream, commercially successful films, not small, independent productions (you know, like The King’s Speech, Britain’s highest-grossing film of 2011). Plenty of responses followed, including some rather sarcastic ones.