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?
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Focus Features has released the trailer for Thomas Balmes‘ documentary Babies online. Based on an original idea by Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.
The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco. Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.
So basically its cute overload the movie. But seriously, I really like the concept, but I wonder if the movie can deliver on the premise. Will it be more about the experience of the parents? I wonder what stories can be told in that early stage in a baby’s life. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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Focus Features today announced their 2010 release slate. Highlights include:
- March 12th 2010: The Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg which stars Ben Stiller
- April 16th 2010: Thomas Balmès‘ Babies, a documentary film which simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.
- Wednesday, September 1st 2010: Anton Corbijn‘s The American starring George Clooney as a retiring assassin
- Third Quarter 2010: Kevin Macdonald‘s Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth
- November 2010: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s (Half Nelson, Sugar) dramedy adaptation of Ned Vizzini‘s 2006 novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story
- TBA 2010 (we assume in December for Award Season): Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning
After the jump you can read the full press release, which includes detailed plot synopsis for all of these films.
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