We’ve seen a few Spanish language spots for Juan Antonio Bayona‘s “The Impossible” but none have landed with quite the impact (forgive the pun) for the latest domestic spot, one that makes a serious case that we could be looking at an Oscar contender here. Certainly, Summit hopes so.
Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, the film tells the true story of a family on vacation in Thailand in 2004, when the devastating tsunami rips them apart, putting them on a perilous path of survival. The trailer hits all the right notes: terrifying, emotional and tremendously moving, without feeling like it’s exploiting a tragedy for easy awards season tears and awards. Hell, even the Damien Rice cover of U2‘s “One” feels spot on.
“The Impossible” will premiere at TIFF and open in limited release on December 21st. Watch below.