Back at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, the best movie, by far, was Eva Vives’ All About Nina. Featuring the best performance to date from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, it was a real gem. With The Orchard putting it into theaters next month, a Trailer has dropped for the flick. This film remains a favorite of mine, so it’s one that will heavily mentioned in the weeks to come, you can take that to the bank. Today, we’ll be focusing on the Trailer itself, which you can see below. First up, however, some more raving about this movie. It’s one of my top five films of the year right now, so that kind of goes without saying. Vives and Winstead deserve plenty of attention when the precursor season hits in the late fall/early winter.
The movie is a pitch black comedy with a harder edge than you might expect. Here is the IMDb synopsis, which does a solid job of setting things up: “Nina Geld (Winstead) is a bracingly funny and blisteringly provocative stand-up comedian whose career is taking off, but whose personal life is a near-complete disaster. To escape a difficult ex and to prepare for a prospectively life-changing audition, Nina flees to Los Angeles where she meets Rafe (Common), who challenges almost every preconception she has — including those around her own deeply troubled past.” Nina has an unsustainably tough existence in New York, one that includes violence on the part of her ex Joe (Chace Crawford). Another of those encounters leads her to head west, where better opportunities might reside. As her career continues to soar, the introduction of Rafe suggests that perhaps her personal life could be looking up too. Of course, a dark part of her past isn’t just going to go away, and when it fully reveals itself, you’ll be shocked. Vives writes and directs, while the supporting cast includes Beau Bridges, Nicole Byer, Angelique Cabral, Kate del Castillo, Melonie Diaz, Clea DuVall, Todd Louiso, Camryn Manheim, Elizabeth Masucci, Jay Mohr, Pam Murphy, Mindy Sterling, and more. Thomas Scott Stanton is behind the camera, while the score comes from John Dragonetti.
I’ll fete it some more in September, but today, let me just remind you that I loved this film. Winstead gives the performance of the year so far, one that deserves to be nominated for an Oscar. Don’t sleep on Common either, as this is his most fully realized turn yet. Vives also announces her presence as not just an exciting female filmmaker to watch out for, but as a filmmaking force in general. Her fearless choices, matched with Winstead’s, makes for something unforgettable. The less said about the darkness within this movie, the more surprised you’ll be, but trust me when I say that it goes there. You’re not prepared for the emotions within. That’s the true crowning achievement here. The film is funny, it’s romantic, and it’s surprising, but it’s also utterly heartbreaking and wholly unconcerned with bending to your expectations.
FYI, I’ll talk about awards soon when I do a full on piece on the flick, but know that Winstead deserves serious Best Actress consideration. As an alternative for now, here are Winstead’s best performances to date, showcasing just how amazing she is here:
10. Swiss Army Man
8. Death Proof
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
6. Alex of Venice
5. The Spectacular Now
3. Scott Pilgrim vs the World
1. All About Nina
Below you can see the All About Nina Trailer, in all its glory. Vives and Winstead both deserve awards attention later on this year, but whether or not that happens, The Orchard has something special on their hands. The film is getting released on September 28th, which could place it right on the minds of voters when the precursors start. Even if that doesn’t happen, the movie is incredible and will undoubtedly be on my year end top ten list. For now, give the Trailer a look and just know that this is a flick you won’t be able to shake. I can guarantee you’ll want to talk about it once you see it. Trust me there…
Here now is the Trailer for All About Nina:
Stay tuned for more on All About Nina when its September release date draws a bit closer!