It’s that time of year when there’s not just rain and darkness in the air, but the buzz of the festival circuit reactions start to get louder and louder. Few this year have been stronger than those given to Seven Psychopaths director, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which has just dropped a new trailer, having earned rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival.
The trailer features Frances McDormand having a chat with a deer, dismissing it as a reincarnation of her daughter for not being pretty enough, before a handy slice of movie encompassing exposition dialogue accompanies a montage of violence and plenty of glass breaking.
Billed as something of a comic-drama, which is Martin McDonagh’s niche, remember this is the man behind the brilliant, In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is the tale of Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), whose daughter has been murdered, but her death remains an unsolved crime, one that Mildred perceives is being neglected by the local authorities. She decides to kick the hornet’s nest by putting up three billboards asking questions of William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), Ebbing’s decorated chief of police. This stokes the fires of the local community, as well as Willoughby’s second-in-command, Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), whose penchant for violence accentuates the danger in which Mildred has placed herself.
Released on the 10th November in the US, with screenings during October’s London Film Festival, and a January roll out for the rest of the world, Fox Searchlight Pictures have what looks to be a nailed on awards contender. A cast which includes the following line-up helps; Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out), Abbie Cornish (Robocop), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), John Hawkes (Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene), and Clarke Peters (The Wire).
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