April’s Trailer Recommendations
The Woman in the Window (dir. Joe Wright)
With three Oscar-winning actors in the cast, this film by Joe Wright (Atonement) will without a doubt make it to no.1 on the Netflix Top 10 after its release. The story sounds somewhat familiar – a woman witnesses a murder from her window; the screenplay written by actor and playwright Tracy Letts (the Pulitzer Prize for the play August: Osage County) raises the issue of the agoraphobic protagonist’s mental health and the suspicion with which society views those suffering of various mental illnesses.
The Woman in the Window comes out on Netflix on May 14.
Welcome to Utmark (created by Dakur Kári)
Icelandic director Dagur Kári (Noi Albinoi, Virgin Mountain) tries his hand at television productions with Welcome to Utmark. This eight-episode drama takes place in the far north of Norway, where the surrounding wilderness is seen through the eyes of the new teacher working at the local school in this small border town whose name is featured in the title. The protagonist will soon discover that the only person in this town that might act as a grown-up is a 12-year-old girl, and the strange inhabitants will offer her more than bizarre experiences.
Welcome to Utmark will be available on HBO GO starting with April 18.
Four Good Days (dir. Rodrigo García)
Selected last year at Sundance and with a long-delayed premiere due to the pandemic, Four Good Days shows Mila Kunis in an atypical role, that of a drug addict who wishes to enter a detox program, but for that she must show that she can stay clean for four days. And who should the young woman turn to for this challenge if not her estranged mother, Molly (Glenn Close, nominated for an Oscar this year for her role in Hillbilly Elegy)? Obviously, the premise invites the two protagonists to set free the grudges they have for each other.
Four Good Days will have a limited theatrical release in the US at the end of April, and from May 21 it will be available on streaming platforms.
Ammonite (dir. Francis Lee)
After introducing Romanian actor Alec Secăreanu to the global audience in God’s Own Country, director Francis Lee returns to LGBTQ issues with Ammonite. The film depicts a love story taking place in 1840 between paleontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) and geologist Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), while talking about the injustices suffered by female scientists in the 19th century, when they were often overlooked by their male peers, no matter how prepared and educated they were. Secăreanu makes an appearance in the director’s second feature film as well, starring as a doctor.
Ammonite is available on Amazon Prime.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (dir. Taylor Sheridan)
Angelina Jolie returns to the big screen with this action film about Hannah, a survivor of a devastating fire who keeps an eye on the forests of a gigantic nature reserve from her wooden watchtower. Her new challenge is not some puff of smoke, but the appearance of a terrified little boy (Finn Little), whose father was brutally executed by the two assassins sent to kill him. Hannah offers to help him, but the assassins (the ones and only Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen) have no plans to leave survivors behind.
Those Who Wish Me Dead will be distributed in Romanian cinemas by Vertical Entertainment from May 14.
Handmaid’s Tale, season 4 (created by Bruce Miller)
At the end of the previous season, June (Elisabeth Moss) managed the unimaginable: to save dozens of children from Gilead and send them by plane to Canada, to the new free world. What we understand from the trailer above is that this act leads to a real declaration of war from Gilead, but also that June cannot be satisfied with saving the children of others, when her own daughter, Hannah, is still a prisoner in the totalitarian country. And the heroine’s decision to return to the society that traumatized her in every way possible invites a lot of dangers.
The 4th season of Handmaid’s Tale premieres on April 29 on HBO GO.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (dir. Chloé Zhao)
Chloé Zhao’s rise in world cinema was thundering and even unique, as one might call it: she debuted in 2015 with Songs My Brothers Taught Me (selected at Sundance and Cannes), now it’s five years later and she wins the Golden Lion and becomes a favorite at the Oscars with Nomadland. Moreover, Zhao is the director behind the Marvel mega blockbuster – Eternals, with a budget of 200 million dollars. To celebrate Zhao, we return to Songs My Brothers Taught Me, which invites us to a Native American reservation in the United States to explore the difficult choice that awaits teenagers here: they can either resign themselves to the lack of opportunities in the reservation, or leave without looking back.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me is available on Mubi.
In Treatment, season 4 (created by Rodrigo García)
This series inspired by an Israeli production (with a version that was also made in Romania) gets a reboot with the fourth season. This time, in the center of attention is psychotherapist Brooke Taylor (played by the incomparable Uzo Aduba, who also plays Suzanne Crazy Eyes in Orange Is the New Black). The 24-episode season will explore at length the multiple effects the pandemic has had on everyday people.
The 4th season of In Treatment will be available on HBO GO starting with May 23.