Regular readers of this page will certainly be interested in a string of new international films that we’re hoping might shed some new light onto some past (and recent) conflicts. Here are some of the details:
This Australian film, which premiered Down Under in August, will be rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks. Written and directed by indie film makers Johan Earl and Adrian Powers, Forbidden Ground (to be released in the U.S. as Battle Ground) tells the story of three British Tommies who are left stranded in No Man’s Land on the Western Front following an abortive raid on a German trench. The film stars Johan Earl, Tim Pocock and Martin Copping. Check out the trailer below. Some reviews have suggested that Forbidden Ground may have been a casualty of its own limited budget, but other recent independent movies about the First World War have delivered the goods. Consider the Canadian film Paschendale (2008). We can only hope Forbidden Ground works as well. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.
Cinco De Mayo, La Batalla
Unless you live in Mexico, you probably missed seeing Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla. The lavish epic depicts the celebrated Battle of Puebla in which a small rag tag nationalist army humiliated the supposedly superior forces of the French Empire of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862. While the film premiered in Mexico on May 3 of this year, the DVD will be available internationally on Oct. 15. Check out the trailer below.
Russia’s first-ever 3D film, Stalingrad will burst into theatres on Oct. 3. The sweeping IMAX extravaganza, which is directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, follows the life and death struggles of a squad of Red Army soldiers as they fight in the bloodiest battle in history. Stalingrad stars Petr Fedorov, Dmitriy Lysenkov and Alexey Barabash, as well as Thomas Kretschmann, who was the lead in the grim 1993 German film of the same name. If this new Stalingrad is anything like Bondrachuck’s Afghanistan shoot ’em up 9th Battalion, then expect a cinematic assault made up of equal parts action and gore. And judging by the trailer, audiences can also count on a full serving of stylized CGI wizardry a la 300 (which may or may not be a good thing). Check out the trailer below and see for yourself.
The Lone Survivor
Speaking of Afghanistan, Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana star in The Lone Survivor. The American film, which hits the big screen in the New Year, follows a four-man team of U.S. Navy SEALs who unexpectedly find themselves surrounded deep in enemy territory after a mission to nab a Taliban kingpin goes sour. Check out the trailer below.