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First Trailer for ‘Origin’ Releases Ahead of Venice & TIFF Premiere

The first trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s Origin was released before its premiere at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. Written and directed by DuVernay, the movie stars Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Audra McDonald, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nick Offerman, and Blair Underwood. The movie is an adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.

In a press release, NEON CEO Tom Quinn expressed his excitement for the movie and praised DuVernay, stating that he had “known Ava for a long time and my love and admiration for her and her work goes back further, even before Middle of Nowhere. I’m truly humbled that it is this movie which has finally brought us together. She has always been a gifted storyteller, and her mastery of her craft shines through in this deeply personal and inspired adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s book, and dramatization of her remarkable life. Origin proves once again that Ava remains one of the most groundbreaking and essential filmmakers of her generation”

Here is the plot synopsis:

“While grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, Isabel sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery. Despite the colossal scope of her project, she finds beauty and bravery while crafting one of the defining American books of our time.”

You can watch the trailer below and see the movie in theaters later this year:


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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