James Gray has operated in classic Hollywood territory before, both with his Coppola-esque crime dramas “The Yards” and “We Own the Night” and his excellent 2008 film “Two Lovers,” which wouldn’t seem out of place next to the character-driven New Hollywood likes of “Five Easy Pieces” or “Scarecrow.”
But Gray’s much-awaited new film “The Immigrant” looks like a throwback to the great melodramas of the past, with comparisons from the film’s supporters ranging from Roberto Rossellini’s Ingrid Bergman collaborations to Elia Kazan. The film stars Marion Cotillard as a Polish immigrant who starts working as a prostitute for Joaquin Phoenix as a way to bring her quarantined sister into the country.
The stirring new trailer showcases Darius Khondji’s stunning photography, not to mention impressive-looking work from Cotillard, Phoenix and Jeremy Renner as Phoenix’s magician cousin. The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Company, and it hits theaters May 16. Watch the trailer below.