The thriller The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and the first trailer and poster have now gone online. The movie centers on an American con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) who strike up a relationship with a stranger (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s Athens. The trailer makes the film look exciting and puts an emphasis on the interesting dynamic between the three characters, especially the one between Mortensen and Isaac. Also, it wasn’t until I watched this trailer that I realized there wasn’t a new movie featuring Mortensen last year. That’s simply unacceptable.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The Two Faces of January currently has no U.S. release date, but will open in the U.K. on May 16th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Two Faces of January:
1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic CHESTER MACFARLAND (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife COLETTE (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter RYDAL (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.
However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.