A few new trailers out on the web:
Here’s a wordless teaser trailer for “Babylon A.D.,” introduced in French by actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz, the man behind both the high highs of “La Haine” and the loooow lows of “Gothika.” Delayed, over budget and pushed back from a February release date to the less desirable one of August 29th, the film at least promises to be odd, with Vin Diesel playing a mercenary named Thoorop (hee!) escorting a woman carrying the Messiah through the near dystopic future. Michelle Yeoh, GÃ©rard Depardieu and Charlotte Rampling are also part of the cast.
Fatih Akin’s last narrative film, “Head On,” was one of my favorites from 2005, a smash and grab romance in the Turkish-German community. His new film, “The Edge of Heaven” expands on similar themes of rootlessness it’s bigger, more ambitious and maybe a little less vital for it, but still well worth watching. Here’s the trailer; the film opens May 21st.
Here’s a trailer for Alan Ball’s directorial debut, “Towelhead,” a film that’s inarguably provocative (cheers, pedophilia storyline!), though its justifications have been debated by critics since its premiere at Toronto last year Variety described it as “gutsy to no particular end.” It’s set to open on August 8th.
[Photo: “Babylon A.D., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 2007]