Waves Trailer

It’s been difficult for me to describe what exactly happens in Waves to friends of mine who know that I love the film but want to know why. Trey Edward Shults’ third film, which is now playing in select theaters and will expand over the coming weeks, finds moving and deeply human drama in the twinned stories of teenaged siblings Tyler (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) and Emily Williams (Taylor Russell). But the film’s moments of grace come less from what the story is and more from how Shults chooses to tell it, particularly in the ways that the two narratives play off each other.

There’s so much to dig into with Emily’s story in the film, particularly her budding romance with classmate Luke (Lucas Hedges). But in order to discuss their journeys with any level of detail, the conversation has to go into spoiler territory and divulge a major plot point in Waves. Luckily for us, Trey Edward Shults was willing to go there.

Only read past this point if you’ve seen Waves – and if you haven’t, bookmark this page and return to this interview after seeing the film so you can absorb Shults’ wisdom and insight. Spoilers begin now.

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jonathan glazer short film

Jonathan Glazer directed one of the best films of the last ten years, Under the Skin. Now he’s closing out the decade with a disturbing, nightmarish short film: The Fall. For seven-plus-minutes, Glazer’s short film draws you into a story of mob-mentality at its absolute worst – a story that has unfortunate and terrifying connections to the current reality we find ourselves in.

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waves trailer new

For his third feature in a row, writer/director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha, It Comes at Night) dives back into the subject of a family in crisis with Waves. This time around, he sets his drama in South Florida to trace the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family, led by Ronald (Sterling K. Brown), a well-intentioned father who puts a great deal of pressure on his high school athlete son Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr., from Luce, last year’s Monsters and Men, and Shults’ It Comes At Night), while tending to ignore his quiet, studious daughter Emily (newcomer Taylor Russell).

When tragedy strikes, the family—who also includes stepmom Catharine (Renée Elise Goldsberry)—has to find the strength to regroup and forgive flaws even in the darkest times they have every faced. Emily is able to find some kind of solace with the help of a new boyfriend Luke (Lucas Hedges). Waves is a sometimes uncomfortably real and emotionally raw experience, in which all of the characters find very different paths through suffering and recovery, but it’s the journey that Shults paves for his characters that makes the film such a worthy and fulfilling experience.

/Film spoke with Shults, Harrison, and Russell in Chicago recently during the Chicago International Film Festival, where they discussed the very personal events that led to the screenplay, and the ways in which the actors found their way into their very different characters, and the way Shults represented each with unique visual languages. Waves is currently in limited release, opening in top markets on November 22, and continuing to rollout throughout the holiday season.

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macbeth cast brendan gleeson

Joel Coen‘s take on Macbeth already has Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as stars, and now it might add another heavy-hitter into the mix. Brendan Gleeson, known for his work in Paddington 2 and some other movies that aren’t Paddington 2, is said to be in talks to join the A24 movie based on the play by a hot up-and-comer named William Shakespeare. The project has Coen going solo for the first time, working without brother Ethan Coen.

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the lighthouse trailer

With The Lighthouse, director Robert Eggers has created one of the best, and weirdest, movies of 2019. His follow-up to The Witch is a tale of supernatural New England horror, a dizzying descent into paranoia and debauchery, and a filthy comedy about what it’s like to share a small space with the roommate from hell. You’ve never seen anything quite like it and quite frankly, you probably aren’t prepared for it.

I was able to speak with Eggers on the phone for an all-too-brief interview where we discussed his New England roots, directing the film’s intense performances, and yes, crafting fart jokes.

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gotham awards 2019 nominees

Awards season has officially begun with the announcement of the Gotham Awards 2019 nominees. The awards ceremony from the Independent Filmmaker Project has always marked the unofficial start of movie awards season, and from the looks of it, this will be A24 and Netflix’s year. The independent studio and the streaming giant dominated the indie honors, with A24’s The Farewell, Uncut Gems, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco leading the charge with three nods each, and Netflix’s Marriage Story scoring the same.

See how awards season could start shaping up with a look at the full list of Gotham Awards 2019 nominees.

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new jonathan glazer movie

Last year, Under the Skin director Jonathan Glazer revealed his next movie would be a Holocaust drama. Now, an update. The film will bring Glazer back to his Under the Skin distributor A24, and will be based loosely on the Martin Amis’ novel The Zone Of InterestGlazer plans to shoot the movie in Poland next year. Under the Skin is one of the best movies of the 21st century, and the prospect of Glazer teaming up again with A24 for something new is promising.

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The Sky Is Everywhere Movie

To help support its upcoming streaming service, Apple has gotten into the film production game by striking a deal to co-produce movies with the arthouse indie studio A24. They’re already in production on their first film, On the Rocks, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, but now they’ve lined up their second film as part of their multi-year agreement.

The Sky Is Everywhere, the young adult novel by Jandy Nelson, is being turned into a feature film with Madeline’s Madeline director Josephine Decker getting behind the camera. But what’s this book about? Read More »

a24 books

A24 has quickly risen to be a recognizable name in the film world. From humble beginnings, they’ve sprung up to release Oscar-winning films like Moonlight. They’re not just a distributor – they’re a brand, and a popular one at that. A24 has already branched out into products: clothing, candles, and so on. Now they’re adding books to the list, too. A new line of A24 books will launch next week, devoted to MoonlightThe Witch, and Ex Machina, respectively. Each book will contain the film in question’s screenplay, along with other features like essays, stills, and more.

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uncut gems trailer

It’s always a pleasure to see Adam Sandler take a break from the mind-numbing broad comedies that are keeping him paid by Netflix, but his latest artistic collaboration with the Safdie brothers, Uncut Gems, guarantees anything but a good time. The A24 ingenues, Josh and Benny Safdie, are well-known for their anxiety-inducing crime dramas in which the protagonists make exceedingly bad decisions. And in Uncut Gems, Sandler’s jewelry dealer makes all kinds of bad decisions. Watch the Uncut Gems trailer below.

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