Drafthouse Films has released the trailer and poster for Fantastic Fest Audience Award winner I Declare War. The story follows a group of kids playing capture-the-flag, but their simple childhood game eventually gives way to their inevitable adolescent narcissism and betrayal. The trailer plays up the kids imagining their game as a real war with real weapons, but that’s the least interesting part of the movie, although admittedly the easiest part to sell. When I saw it at Fantastic Fest last year, I was more engrossed by the emotional stakes as the battle scenes eventually became hollow despite the efforts of filmmakers Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. I Declare War will be available on VOD and digital download on July 26th, and open in limited release on August 30th.
Via Drafthouse Films.
Here’s the official synopsis for I Declare War:
Armed with nothing more than twigs, their imaginations and a simple set of rules, a group of 12-year-olds engaged in a lively game of Capture the Flag in the neighborhood woods start dangerously blurring the lines between make-believe and reality. Rocks = Grenades. Trees = Control towers. Sticks = Submachine guns. The youthful innocence of the game gradually takes on a different tone as the quest for victory pushes the boundaries of friendship. The would-be warriors get a searing glimpse of humanity’s dark side as their combat scenario takes them beyond the rules of the game and into an adventure where fantasy combat clashes with the real world.