Master writer/director Jacques Audiard has created his first English language feature THE SISTERS BROTHERS with the dynamite cast of Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal.

I’m a huge fan of the French writer/director Jacques Audiard. From the moment I saw his wonderfully original drama Read My Lips in 2001, I’ve watched every film he’s made since. When I mention movies such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Rust and Bone, A Prophet and his Cannes ‘Palme d’Or’ winning Dheepan, I hope you’ll agree he always creates truly imaginative and emotional stories that totally grip an audience.

So, with the news that his latest film, an offbeat western called THE SISTERS BROTHERS, is not only his first English-language feature but will also be showing in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, I thought I should publish this post showcasing the new film’s trailer, which dazzled me when it hit the web at the end of May.

A signature element in all of Audiard’s movies is the incredible calibre of actors he works with. There’s been Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos in Read My Lips, Romain Duris in The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust and Bone, discovering Tahar Rahim in A Prophet and likewise his leads Jesuthasan Antonythasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan in Dheepan. In THE SISTERS BROTHERS, he’s assembled an absolute dynamite group of actors for this adaptation of Patrick Dewitt’s novel about a gold prospector and the pair of titular assassins set in Oregon in the mid-19th century.

As Charlie and Eli Sisters, you have the phenomenal Joaquin Phoenix and the marvellous John C. Reilly. As the prospector with the delightful name of Hermann Kermit Warm, you have the superb Riz Ahmed. And then as a somewhat mysterious figure caught in the middle, you have the masterful Jake Gyllenhaal. See what I mean – wow, wow, wow!

Have a look at the trailer and keep your eyes peeled for the U.K. release date sometime this autumn…

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