First Trailer for Matt Heineman’s Syria Documentary ‘City of Ghosts’

City of Ghosts Trailer

«Our words are stronger than their weapons.» Amazon Studios has revealed the first official trailer for the documentary City of Ghosts, the follow-up to Cartel Land made by filmmaker Matthew Heineman. This doc takes a closer look at the Syrian war as told from the inside, following a group of anonymous journalists working to report on what’s really happening. Heineman is known for getting incredible footage and diving deep into the subject of his docs, and that’s definitely the case here. It’s describe as a «powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core.» This premiered at Sundance this year, where I saw it, and it’s good but nowhere near as good as Cartel Land. This would also make a good double feature with the doc Last Men in Aleppo, as both films are important looks at the war in Syria. Watch the footage below. ›››

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Mathieu Amalric & Marion Cotillard in First ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Trailer

Ismael's Ghosts Trailer

«C’est moi!» Another teaser for the Cannes Film Festival! Kicking off the 70th edition of the festival this May is this film, Ismael’s Ghost (or Les fantômes d’Ismaël), from French director Arnaud Desplechin (of My Golden Days). The film stars Mathieu Amalric as a filmmaker named Ismael, who is just about to begin shooting his next feature. However, his long lost former lover suddenly shows up out of nowhere, freaking him out, sending him into a metnal «tailspin». Marion Cotillard plays his former lover, and Charlotte Gainsbourg plays his current lover, who also freaks out. The rest of the cast includes Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher, Hippolyte Girardot, & Samir Guesmi. This looks really good, I’m very curious about it. ›››

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‘City of Ghosts’ Director Matthew Heineman: ‘Your Camera Should Be Part of Who You Are’

Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman brings his third powerful documentary to Sundance.

As the lights rose after the Sundance premiere of Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, the audience roared for the director. The cheering became even louder when his heroic protagonists joined him onstage, resulting in a standing ovation that lasted well into the Q&A session.

In addition to being extremely well-crafted, the film’s subject matter resonated with the Sundance audience of cinephiles, media-makers, and journalists. Following up on Heineman’s Sundance-winning and Oscar-nominated Cartel Land, City of Ghosts depicts the almost mind-boggling bravery of untrained journalists and witnesses who risked their own lives and suffered deep personal tragedies to document and share the truth behind ISIS’ violent rise in the small Syrian city of Raqaa—and to counter the media messages being sent out by the terrorist group.

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