One of the world premieres making a big splash at Telluride over the weekend was Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles.” The film was the rare festival entry to not have a distributor, though the strong reviews and particular raves over Christian Bale’s lead performances means a bidding war is certainly happening over distribution rights. Should “Hostiles” get picked up and released this fall, which seems likely, expect an awards contender to emerge.
“Hostiles” stars Bale as an Army captain who agrees to help bring a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in the year 1892. The two men are joined by a suicidal widow, played by Rosamund Pike, who is still grieving over the murder of her family by Comanche indians.
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich reviewed the movie out of Telluride and called it “a bloody meditation on violence and the American soul,” as well as Scott Cooper’s best movie to date. The director has been behind “Out of the Furnace” and “Black Mass” in year’s past.
Watch the first “Hostiles” trailer below.