‘The Immigrant’ International Trailer & Clips: Coming to America the Hard Way

Published 10 months ago by , Updated April 17th, 2014 at 11:48 am,

The grass is always greener on the other side, especially if that side happens to be Manhattan, the home of the American Dream. Luckily for Polish immigrant Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard), a charming American man called Bruno Weiss (Joaquin Phoenix) takes and interest in her and sweeps her off her feet and onto a boat to the promised land… where he forces her into a life of prostitution.

Yes, if Grand Theft Auto IV taught us anything, it’s that things don’t always go well for Eastern Europeans who travel to the USA in the hopes of finding a new lease on life. So it goes for Ewa in the new international trailer for The Immigrant, the latest offering from director and co-writer James Gray, who has previously worked with Cotillard in crime drama Blood Ties and with Phoenix on multiple titles, including Two Lovers and We Own the Night.

The third key player in this drama is Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), who plays Bruno’s cousin Emil, a magician who also takes an interest in Ewa and offers her the promise of an escape from her life in Bruno’s clutches. The chemistry of this sort-of love triangle is what drives The Immigrant‘s story forward, and two new clips from the film show windows into Ewa’s relationship with both Bruno and Emil. What’s particularly interesting is how at first glance Bruno does come across as kind and altruistic, suggesting that The Immigrant may well try to rook the audience in the same way that Ewa is fooled.

The Immigrant premiered at Cannes earlier this year, and while not all critics were enamored with it, reviews were generally positive. Among the elements that have been consistently praised are the cinematography by Darius Khondji (Amour), which evokes the 1920s era with golden and sepia hues, and the performances by the three lead actors. The Immigrant seems to be a character study rather than a more broad examination of the period in which it is set, and should provide a worthy showcase for Cotillard, Renner and Phoenix’s talents.

Gray’s next project is The Lost City of Z, in which Benedict Cumberbatch will play adventurer Percy Fawcett who, in 1925, embarked on an expedition to find a lost city that he believed to be El Dorado. Perhaps he found it and decided that he liked it enough to stay, because Fawcett disappeared without a trace. Being set at more or less the same time, The Immigrant may well be considered a precursor to The Lost City of Z, allowing Gray to get familiar with the period before sending Cumberbatch off into the Amazon.

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The Immigrant is screening at multiple film festivals worldwide, but so far The Weinstein Company has not announced a release date.

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  1. How did I end up here?

    Oh! It was that screen cap of Marion Cotillard!

  2. I really like Cotillard and Phoenix so I’m in, be interesting to see Renner stretching his acting chops in something different as well.

    • I hear Renner’s role is very small compared with the other two, so his screen time in the trailer is interesting. But yes, I am looking forward to seeing something very different from him in this and in American Hustle and in Kill the Messenger next year. It looks like he is trying his best to shake things up between franchises.

      • Yeah I like Renner, the first time I saw him was years ago in a film called Dahmer, which is well worth a look if your a fan.

  3. The Lost City of Z has maybe something to do with Zombies !
    Could be Cool !

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