A first trailer has arrived for Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” playing in competition at Cannes. The film was already much anticipated over here at TOH!, and this first glimpse only solidifies that it could emerge as one of the finer titles out of the festival. Watch below.
The biopic on the great Romantic painter has been at least four years in the making, a passion project for Leigh. It stars Timothy Spall as the unconventional Turner himself, clashing with the Brit powers-that-be as he unveils one masterpiece after another. A particularly striking moment from the trailer comes when Turner adds an at-first unsightly red glob of paint to what appears to be a finished work. And then, with one deft flick of the wrist, the glob transforms into something else entirely.
Sony Pictures Classics will release “Mr. Turner” later this year. Anne Thompson is reporting from Cannes and will let us know how it plays.