Welcome back to the end of the week!
We have variety of character studies, romance, dramas, and a thriller or two to get excited for the near future!
“Other People” is a Polish rap musical and the desaturated, gritty tone of this alone is enough to make me feel ready to sink into the world and see something unique:
Directed by Aleksandra Terpinska, written by Dorota Maslowska and Aleksandra Terpinska, adapted from Dorota Maslowska’s novel, there is currently no international release ate set but will release in Poland in March 2022.
“Paris, 13th District” looks to be a black and white exploration of romance, love, and lust:
Directed by Jacques Audiard, written by Léa Mysius, Céline Sciamma, Jacques Audiard, in collaboration with Nicolas Livecchi, IFC Films will release this in select US theaters and on VOD April 15th, 2022.
“Maybe Someday,” along this vein, seems like a heartfelt dive into identity, love, and relationships between people in different eras of life:
Written and directed by Michelle Ehlen, This will be premiering at the Cinequest Film Festival in April 2022.
“I Love America” is a French romantic comedy… think, american story formula meets French sensibilities:
Directed by Lisa Azuelos, written by Lisa Azuelos and Gaël Fierro, produced by Eleonore Dailly and Edouard de Lachomette, Amazon will release this streaming on Prime Video on April 29th, 2022.
“Spiritwalker,” for a shift in tone, is a Korean action thriller following a man to finds himself in the body of another with abilities that suggest he’s involved in something… actiony…:
Written and directed by Yoon Jae-keun, produced by Jang Won-Seok, Well Go USA will release this direct-to-VOD and DVD on April 12th, 2022.
“The Tale of King Crab” is said to feel like an old tale passed between generations and it looks flat out GORGEOUS. A period piece that seems to be about treasure and survival, I really can’t wait to know this story:
Co-directed and written by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, Oscope Labs will release this on April 15th, 2022.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” seems to be a perfectly haunting psychological horror (based on a “gothic feminist horror” novel/short story) with performances in which I’m already invested after only two minutes:
Co-directed and written by Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti, Mutiny Pictures will release this direct-to-VOD on March 29th, 2022.
“Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story” is the story of a female boxer. A fighter, seen as someone limited, who struggled for recognition, and it seems intense (even if this trailer feels like a miniaturized adaptation of the documentary more than a trailer):
Directed by Helena Coan, produced by Nick Taussig, Laure Vaysse, and Annabel Wigoder, Gravitas will release this direct-to-VOD in the US on April 5th, 2022.
And finally, to send you off this week in an odd state, possibly looking over your shoulder, we have “Stanleyville,” a black comedy about a mysterious contest:
Directed by Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, written by Rob Benvie and Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Oscilliscope Labs will release this in select US theaters in spring 2022 (unspecified).