The Oscars are just under a month away, and while many of the nominated films have already opened, some of the smaller – and foreign, especially – films are only now opening across the country. Case in point, the Mauritanian Best Foreign Language Film nominee “Timbuktu” is finally hitting theaters in the U.S. this week, and it has a brand new trailer.
Very musical throughout, the nearly two-minute trailer showcases some of Sofian El Fani’s beautiful cinematography and does a great job of giving a taste of the unusual rhythms of Abderrahmane Sissako’s film. Set in the small titular town, the drama follows a family trying to survive while living under the thumb of Jihadists, who have banned everything from music to sports. We were quite fond of the film at Cannes – read our B+ review here – and we’re glad it’s finally getting out in the world just in time for awards season love.
Watch the trailer below and catch “Timbuktu” in limited release starting today. In case you need another reason to check it out, “Timbuktu” picked up two awards at Cannes last year as well.