The Harder It Hurts to Fall (Netflix) (US)
Duration: 130 min. How often do westerns pop into our section of Cinema Announcements? So Jay-Z probably thought that not as often as we would like. And because the American rapper, along with artists such as Lawrence Bender, J. Mac Brown,
James Lassiter decided to produce and direct such a film, starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors. Bandit Rufus Buck ( Elba ) is released after twenty years in prison. This is found out by Nate Love ( Majors ), whose parents Buck killed. Not resigned to the prison sentence of the killer, love is eager for revenge. An outlaw himself, Nate assembles a team to take on his worst enemy.
The film has everything that we once loved about westerns: large-scale shootouts, robberies, horseback riding, and hand-to-hand combat. The cast also includes Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Edie Gathegi, RJ Siler, and others. It premieres on Netflix on November 3rd.
The Pilot (Russia)
Duration: 105 min. The plot of Renat Davletyarov ‘s new military tape was based on the real story of Alexei Maresyev. A military fighter pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union, who had both feet amputated due to a severe wound during the Great Patriotic War, which did not prevent him from returning to service and shooting down seven more enemy aircraft (before being wounded, he shot down 3 aircraft; in total, Maresyev made 86 sorties). At one time, Alexei Petrovich served as a prototype for Alexei Meresyev. The hero of Boris Polevoy’s “The Tale of a Real Man,” which you probably read at school. The film took place in December 1941.
Having successfully destroyed a tank column moving towards Moscow, pilot Nikolai Komlev ( Pyotr Fedora) comes under fire from enemy fighters, as a result of which the hero has difficulty landing his IL-2 in a cold winter forest. However, the main tests are ahead of him. To get to his own, to return to his beloved. He only needs to survive, overcoming pain, frost, hunger, fleeing hungry wolves, and a special Nazi detachment. According to the director, the main reference for his film was “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio, for which the actor received his long-awaited “Oscar”. The film also starred Anna Peskova, Maxim Emelyanov, Alexei Barabash, Elena Drobysheva, Evgeny Mikheev, Gela Meskhi, and others. Theaters open on November 4th.
Memoria (Colombia, Thailand, France, Germany, Mexico)
Duration: 136 min. On the same day, for all lovers of independent and conceptual cinema, and in this case, also non-traditional from a narrative point of view, a new work by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is released, whose film Uncle Boonmi, who remembers his past lives, was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He pushes the boundaries of the real and the unconscious in his films. This original director is still absolutely free in his choice of locations and artists. Originally from Thailand, he shoots his picture in Colombia (nominated for an Oscar) with an English actress in the title role (and this is none other (or “other”, according to famous feminists) than Tilda Swinton.
According to the plot, her character, Jessica, comes to this Latin American country with her sister, who is in a state of sleep. Trying to help her, the heroine herself begins to slowly go crazy, constantly picking up some sounds of unknown origin, which can only be known beyond. Within the bounds of everyday reality, known for his meditative spiritual films, Weerasethakul decided to explore the nature of sound and its effect on human consciousness. Judging by the favorable reviews at the Cannes premiere, this had an impact on the minds of film critics. Will it be so with the viewers? You can only find out in the cinema?!