One of the most critically acclaimed films of the recent festival circuit has received a mesmerizing trailer on Apple today. Steve McQueen’s Shame played at the Venice, Toronto, and Telluride Film Festivals earning and endless supply of accolades at each stop. Xan Brooks of The Guardian called the movie “fluid, rigorous, serious cinema; the best kind of adult movie” and its star Michael Fassbender earned the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.
Recently the film was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA meaning that distributors Fox Searchlight have left the film intact and avoided editing it for awards-friendly audiences. Shame may not be a frontrunner in any of the major award categories, but it surely is a frontrunner in the list of films that I cannot wait to see.
The new trailer is mesmerizing with fantastic pacing and haunting music. The film looks like it is almost exclusively set during night hours, which makes the obscenity and obsession seem all the more ominous. If this is Michael Fassbender’s best performance of 2011 then it has to be brilliant because he has already shined in numerous roles this year.
Check out the official synopsis below and the full trailer after that. You can also view it in High Definition at Apple.
Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon’s insular life spirals out of control.
Shame will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 2, 2011.