It’s been a long fifteen years since Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski has had a movie in theatres, but for fans of the mad genius behind bizarro cult films like “The Devil” and the truly unsettling body horror freakout “Possession,” the wait is now officially over. The trailer for what some are calling a sort of unconventional comeback vehicle for the reputed director is here, and it’s an odd bit of business with the title of “Cosmos” (itself based on a novle by Witold Gombrowicz). The result is as bold, stylish and weird as longtime fans of the director’s would no doubt hope it to be.
Ostensibly the story of a series of bizarre happenings that plague two friends staying at a house in the countryside, “Cosmos” looks to be, like many of the director’s older films, an usual tonal blend: pitched somewhere in between camp and realism, earthly drama and otherworldly terror. Critical reaction so far has been generally favorable (Indiewire’s Erik Kohn called it “… a dark satire [that’s] often hilarious, confounding and downright strange”) and the film has also picked up a Best Director Award at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival. This new trailer certainly doubles down on the strange, and fans of the director will no doubt dig it – he’s rarely boring.
Check out the trailer below. “Cosmos” opens in France on December 9th. No U.S. release date has been set for the film as of yet.