Tuesday, March 28, 2017

First trailer debuts for David Lowery's Sundance hit 'A Ghost Story'

Each year at the Sundance Film Festival, there are at least two or three titles that generate a good deal of buzz before arriving in theaters later in the calendar year. The January festival is the indie launchpad, and it has brought us a good deal of hits since the mid-1980s. In 2016, the three biggest Sundance sensations were Captain Fantastic, The Birth of a Nation, and Manchester by the Sea, with two of those films eventually receiving recognition from the Academy. This year, the slate was a little different. While there's a good chance that both Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name and Michael Showalter's The Big Sick will be honored by critics' groups later in the year, one of the biggest films of Sundance 2017 is poised to make a different kind of splash. When David Lowery's A Ghost Story premiered at the Park City festival, the response was nothing short of rapturous. After the success of Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Pete's Dragon, Lowery is said to have made his best film yet with this cerebral, unusual supernatural tale. With a cast led by Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, A Ghost Story is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of the summer for cinephiles. A24 picked up the film at Sundance, and earlier today, the studio released the first trailer. Check it out below!

I'm still trying to determine exactly what the tone of this film is going to be, but it's safe to say that I'm in all the way. A24 is one of the few studios that can do no wrong in my book, and if they think that Lowery has made some kind of instant masterpiece here, I'll trust them. I wasn't a huge fan of his work on Pete's Dragon, but there's something irresistibly strange and thrillingly minimalist about this trailer. The classic bedsheet design of the titular ghost already feels iconic in its own way, and I'm always excited for any movie that brings together Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. There are some simply beautiful shots in this trailer, and I love the unique aspect ratio as well. As always with these arthouse favorites, I can't guarantee that I'll enjoy A Ghost Story. It could be just too off-kilter for my tastes. But this trailer truly has my interest, and I can't wait to see if the film delivers on its astronomical buzz.

A Ghost Story arrives in limited release on July 7. Also, check out the terrific new poster from A24 below!

Image: IMDB/A24

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