Angolan Style-Fluid Fantasia ‘Tommy Weapons’ in US Theaters This April
by Alex Billington
March 16, 2023
“S’kwata! S’kwata! S’kwata!” Kino Lorber has revealed the official trailer for a movie titled Tommy Weapons, made by up-and-coming filmmaker Carlos Conceição. Winner of Finest European Movie Award on the 2022 Locarno Movie Pageant, Tommy Weapons has elicited comparisons to the work of Claire Denis, Miguel Gomes, and even M. Evening Shyamalan, and it declares a daring and thrilling new voice in Portuguese and Angolan filmmaking. Described as an “bold and exquisitely crafted genre-fluid fantasia.” In 1974, after years of civil warfare, the Portuguese and descendants fled the colony of Angola (in Central Africa) the place independentist teams progressively claimed their territory again. A tribal woman discovers love and loss of life when her path crosses that of a younger Portuguese soldier. In the meantime, one other group of Portuguese troopers is barracked inside an infinite wall from which they must escape as soon as from the previous comes out of the grave to say its long-awaited justice. The movie stars João Arrais, Anabela Moreira, Gustavo Sumpta, Leonor Silveira, and Miguel Amorim. Appears like an experimental creation greater than something that’s actually price a watch.
This is the official US trailer (+ poster) for Carlos Conceição’s Tommy Weapons, direct from YouTube:
Angolan-Portuguese director Carlos Conceição’s audacious and enigmatic Tommy Weapons invokes the ghosts of Angola’s colonial previous whereas embracing the symbolic energy of style filmmaking. The story begins in 1974, only one 12 months earlier than the nation’s independence from many years of Portuguese rule. Rich colonists are fleeing the nation as Angolan revolutionaries progressively declare their land again. A tribal woman discovers love and hazard when her path crosses that of a Portuguese soldier. One other group of troopers, utterly reduce off from the surface world, blindly comply with the brutal orders of their commander within the identify of serving their nation. However nothing stays fastened on this genre-shifting cinematic puzzle, which playfully swerves from artwork home drama to warfare movie to zombie flick to flee thriller with exhilarating management. Tommy Weapons, often known as Nação Valente (or Courageous Nation) in Portuguese, is each written and directed by Angolan-Portuguese filmmaker Carlos Conceição, director of Serpentarius and Title Above Title, plus tons of different shorts beforehand. This initially premiered on the 2022 Locarno Movie Pageant. Kino Lorber will debut Tommy Weapons in choose US theaters (NY & LA) beginning on April twelfth, 2023 this spring. ?