By Joey Nolfi
August 25, 2016 at 03:28 PM EDT


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Rebecca Zlotowski’s sophomore directorial effort, 2013’s Grand Central, made a splash with audiences and critics at film festivals around the world. Her follow-up feature, Planetarium, is shaping up to do just the same, and its new, mesmerizing theatrical trailer has premiered online ahead of the film’s special screening at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

Natalie Portman headlines Planetarium as an American medium, Laura, who claims to be able to communicate with ghosts. With the help of her younger sister (Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of actor Johnny Depp), Kate, Laura crosses paths with a film producer in 1930s Paris.

“Are we really going to make movies?” Kate asks while she and her sister mug for cameras on a studio stage. “He’s an opportunity,” Laura responds. “Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.”

Though the trailer is almost entirely in French (without subtitles), it shows off the film’s ambitious aesthetic style with gorgeous cinematography, popping colors, and intricate costume design setting the stage for what looks to be a taut drama about fame, ambition, and sisterhood. Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, and Louis Garrel round out the film’s supporting cast.

Though a U.S. distributor has yet to be secured, the film will screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September following its Venice premiere.


Portman recently released her debut feature as a director, A Tale of Love and Darkness, earlier in August. She will also appear in the upcoming Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, Jackie, which is also slated to screen at Venice and TIFF. Depp had a small role in Kevin Smith’s horror-comedy Tusk in 2014, and is set to appear in the director’s upcoming movie Yoga Hosers.

Planetarium is currently set for a Nov. 16 release in France. Check out the film’s first full-length trailer above, and see the movie’s theatrical poster below.


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