Unless you are a cinematic dork who not only takes note of studio names, but spends time looking at each of their releases, you may not be familiar with A24, but now is the time to take note. Coming off of a 2013 that included “The Spectacular Now”, “The Bling Ring”, and the buzzy, if divisive “Spring Breakers” and an early 2014 that has included the raved about “Under the Skin” and “Enemy”, a collaboration between Jake Gyllenhaal and “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve, A24 is showing no signs of stopping. They have some pretty awesome-looking upcoming projects and have dropped trailers for two upcoming films in three days. First up was the edgy rom-com “Obvious Child” on Tuesday. Then, Thursday arrived with a trailer for David Michôd’s “The Rover”.
An official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival “Obvious Child” has earned plenty of buzz and some rave reviews for Jenny Slate, who stars as aspiring comedian Donna Stern. Donna is unapologetically herself as a comedian, brash and fearless, but when life, as it is wont to do, hits her with an unexpected turn––in this case and unplanned pregnancy––she is forced to truly confront adulthood for the first time. The trailer features clips of Donna doing some honest and incredibly awkward stand-up and subsequently getting up to the shenanigans that land her in the position of debating whether or not to tell her (presumably) one-night stand, affectionately dubbed “pee-farter,” that she is pregnant and planning on having an abortion, as well as plenty of footage packed with wit and humor. “Obvious Child” features Gaby Hoffman and David Cross in supporting roles and will hit select theaters on June 6.
An official selection for the Cannes Film Festival, “The Rover” stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. The two men live in a world where society collapsed a decade before and left behind only a hard, gritty life in its wake. Pearce is Eric, a loner who spends his days traveling the desolate Australian outback––that is until his car is stolen by a gang of thieves who leave one of their own behind. Rey (Pattinson) is wounded, but that doesn’t stop Eric from forcing him to aid in his quest to track the thieves down and take back what it his. The trailer features ominous looks at the empty and hostile world that Eric and Rey inhabit, and introduces us to the central players. Flashes of violence and snippets of voiceover from Pearce give the impression of a film that asks what happens when two men with nothing left to live for collide. “The Rover” is due in theaters everywhere on June 20, after opening in New York and Los Angeles the week before. Watch the trailer here.