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The few times indie filmmaker David Gordon Green has gone to the mainstream, it’s been for hard R-rated comedies like “Pineapple Express” and “The Sitter,” though all of that’s about to change thanks to the upcoming political comedy-drama “Our Brand is Crisis.” Loosely adapted from the 2005 documentary of the same name and starring Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd and Joaquim de Almeida, the film looks to be the director’s most accessible title yet.
“Our Brand is Crisis” centers on political consultant “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock), who comes out of retirement to mount a campaign for a presidential hopeful in the upcoming Bolivian election. Complicating matters is her candidate’s tough personality and the fact that her PR rival (Thornton) is behind the opposing candidate’s campaign. The plot and all of its behind-the-scenes political maneuverings recall Pablo Larraín’s similarly themed 2012 drama “No.”
With a splashy world premiere set for TIFF and an October 30 release date, plus the involvement of producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, “Crisis” may end up being an Oscar player if all the cards end up in its favor. Watch the debut trailer above.