Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get skeeved out by an Irish ghost story, go skateboarding down under, catch up with the director of Klown to see his seriously un-funny follow-up, and go to Iceland before the entire population disappears.

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While the foreign comedy Klown has often been likened to a Danish version of The Hangover, if half of what we’ve heard about it is true, it’s far darker and raunchy than any adventure we’ve ever seen the wolf pack engage in. A feature film sequel of a hit TV series, the Mikkel Nørgaard-directed film follows two pals (Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen) gearing up for a debauched “Tour de Pussy” getaway. When Frank gets it into his head to prove his fatherhood potential to his girlfriend, however, he decides to take her eleven-year-old nephew along for the ride — without changing any of their sex-charged, booze-fueled plans.

Whereas last month’s red-band trailer was essentially one condensed, very NSFW scene, the new green-band promo plays like a flipbook of cringeworthy moments from the worst vacation ever. Watch it after the jump.

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Revealed to US audiences at Fantastic Fest 2011, the Danish comedy Klown (aka Klovn, or Clown) quickly made a name for itself as a confrontational, explicit comedy. Based on a Danish TV comedy series, Mikkel Nørgaard‘s film stars Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen as two friends on a “Tour De Pussy” getaway trip. Just in case that doesn’t make things clear, consider that the film and show have been compared to Curb Your Enthusiasm thanks to a use of uncomfortable humor, and then take note of the title of this article.

Todd Phillips and Danny McBride have already targeted this one for a remake, and Drafthouse Films picked up the movie for distribution last year. Drafthouse Films has quickly made a name for itself as a label interested in artfully unusual films — look at Four Lions, The FP, and Bullhead — but Klown may be the ne plus ultra of artfully unusual films from the label so far.

A red-band trailer has just been released; check it out below. And I really mean what the headline says. Read More »

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