We’ve seen a clip or two from each film, but now, the company representing both 2011 Cannes Film Festival films, has released official trailers for them, which I embedded below.
A quick recap… the first is a Swedish feature titled, simply, Play, which screened in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight) section of the festival. Directed by Ruben Östlund, his 3rd feature, Play, which is based on real-life events, centers on a group of black boys, aged 12 to 14, who robbed other children, sans physical violence or threats, using an ingenious, elaborate system they called “The Brother Trick,” which involved advanced role playing and gang rhetoric.
The second film, written and directed by Belgian filmmaker Gust Van den Berghe, is titled Blue Bird, and, as MsWOO, who attended the Cannes Film Festival for S&A, noted in her initial post about the film, traverses the world and imaginations of two young African siblings as they go in search of a missing pet.
MsWOO saw both films and reviewed them on this site; I strongly encourage you all to read them HERE for Play, and HERE for Blue Bird.
Will either film travel? Will those of us who weren’t at Cannes this year get to see both films? Who knows? If MsWOO’s reviews, the synosis for each, as well as the clips and below trailers are to be used as gauges, I’d say each would be considered “tough sells” by distributors. But ya never know. I’m sure, at the very least, they’ll play other film festivals around the world, so, some of us will eventually get to see them… especially if you live in New York like I do 🙂
Anyway… here are trailers for both.
First, for Blue Bird:
And here’s the trailer for Play