Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated 10th film, The French Dispatch, really gained traction this week with the release of some ‘first look’ photos (which can be seen on The New Yorker) and a gorgeous poster created artist Javi Aznarez. The poster, which according to one eagle eyed Twitter user, is reminiscent of the 1946 cover for The New Yorker “with a dash of Tintin!”, features all the films major players in striking detail and fierce color.
But what is going on in this star studded poster? Let’s try to unpack it a bit. Searchlight’s official synopsis for The French Dispatch reads: “The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in ‘The French Dispatch’ magazine.”
It looks like the staff of said magazine features Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Below them, between the two buildings, we see the muses of their upcoming stories: a paint covered Benicio del Toro who will serve time in prison, a bathing Timothée Chalamet who may or may not be the leader of a pending student riot. And to the far right, chef Stephen Park who is cooking up something tasty, so he can have energy for resolving a local kidnapping.
We can also see a depressed Owen Wilson riding on a bicycle with his camera, Lyna Khoudri relaxing with a book, Mathieu Amalric tucking into a hearty meal, Lea Seydoux appearing to be a stony police officer and Adrien Brody looking awfully shady surrounded by a lot of money.
The French Dispatch trailer goes into these different stories, some featured in black and white, all loosely connected by the journalists. This is all while a silky voiced narrator gives us the run down: “It began as a holiday. Eager to escape a bright future on the Great Plains, Arthur Howitzer Jr. transformed a series of travelogue columns into the French Dispatch, a factual, weekly report on the subjects of world politics, the arts (high and low) and diver’s stories of human interest,”
The French Dispatch premieres in theaters July 24th, 2020!
The staff of a European publication decides to publish a memorial edition highlighting the three best stories from the last decade: an artist sentenced to life imprisonment, student riots, and a kidnapping resolved by a chef.