Watch Katniss Demand Attention in New ‘Hunger Games’ Clip; Listen to Arcade Fire’s Closing Credits Tune “Abraham’s Daughter”
Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Given how well Gary Ross‘ The Hunger Games is tracking, it’s obvious the film’s having no trouble at all getting people’s attention. But Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is still struggling to make an impression in this new clip from the movie, which shows her trying to show off her talents to a distracted panel of Gamemakers led by Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley).
We’ve got that video after the jump, as well as a new song from the soundtrack, Arcade Fire‘s “Abraham’s Daughter.” Only three weeks left to go, guys!
The just-released scene sees Katniss going up in front of the Gamemakers to get her training score, which is a crucial component of her strategy to win the Games. Unfortunately, they’re too busy gorging themselves on roasted pig to take notice of her bow and arrow skills, so Katniss takes a risky move to ensure they won’t forget her. See it below:
The brief clip does an efficient and effective job of laying out the conflict between the beleaguered tributes and the cruelly indifferent Capitol citizens. While some of the story’s antagonists are out-and-out malevolent, most are rather like these Gamemakers — passively oblivious to the suffering of Katniss and people like her.
Somewhat less violent is this new song from Arcade Fire, “Abraham’s Daughter.” Originally posted by Entertainment Weekly, the track will play over the film’s closing credits. Listen below:
Frontman Win Butler told the publication that the band went to the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac because of its parallel to the movie’s theme of child sacrifice. “So we made a weird, alternate-universe version of that, where it’s as if Abraham had a daughter — kind of a metaphor for Katniss,” he explained.
Arcade Fire joins such artists as Neko Case, the Decemberists, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Glen Hansard on the soundtrack, due out March 20. The Hunger Games opens in theaters three days later, on March 23.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.