Soon to have its world premiere at the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain with it's North American debut following almost immediately at Fantastic Fest, the full trailer for Jim Taihuttu's Wolf
is freshly arrived and it's a dandy. A gritty, character driven crime thriller sure to grab the attention of fans of Pusher
, here's how I described the film in my program notes for Fantastic Fest:
Majid has little to offer the world. The middle son of an immigrant
family at a time when immigrants are not looked upon with particular
kindness, he's freshly out on parole working a nothing job because
anything else would land him back in jail. He's a lifetime hustler,
uneducated and brimming with anger, whose only real assets are his
fists. So when he gets the opportunity to earn a few bucks in the ring,
Majid jumps at the opportunity. His success in the ring draws the
attention of local gangsters, who offer employment in an environment
where his skill set will be far more appreciated.
Mark down Jim Taihuttu's Dutch effort WOLF as the latest straight line
descendant of Nicolas Winding Refn's PUSHER, and arguably one of the
very best fruits to grow from that particular tree. Coming to Fantastic
Fest fresh from its world premiere in San Sebastian, WOLF is raw,
powerful stuff - a compelling portrait not just of Majid but of an
entire generation of disaffected youth who seemingly have no place
anywhere in society.
This is lean, muscular filmmaking from Taihuttu - and you can very much expect to be hearing more from him in the future - and while the Dutch trailer turned up on the official website yesterday we're proud to present the English subtitled version here now. Take a look below.
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