Steve McQueen, the director of critically acclaimed and deeply affecting Hunger, made waves earlier this year with the premiere of his newest film, Shame. The film, starring Hunger‘s Michael Fassbender and Drive‘s Carey Mulligan, is about a successful 30-something New Yorker struggling with his sex life whose world comes un-moored further once his younger sister arrives in the city. Given the pedigree of the film, and especially the strength of McQueen’s previous film, I would say that this one is one to look out for.
You don’t have to take my word for it any longer, though, as the international trailer for the film is now online. Check it out:
All the pieces are in place. Moody cinematography, deep, brooding performances, a subtle, building undercurrent of tension and danger, and that drumbeat of heavy breathing in the background. This preview alone would be enough to get me interested in a movie, but knowing how McQueen handled Hunger – a deceptively straightforward film about an Irish Republican Army hunger strike – makes me all the more excited to see what he does with this equally intriguing story.
Get excited people. Have I led you wrong yet? Shame is due for limited release December 2, 2011.
Oh, and P.S., Hunger is on Netflix Instant, so you should check that out soon if you haven’t. If you don’t like it I’ll make it up to you somehow.