First Trailer and Poster for THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac

     February 10, 2014


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.

Via Empire.

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.


  • mytoemytoe

    I love that they sell this to you on the strength of the writer. How often do you see that? Outside of Charlie Kaufman movies, almost never.

  • Scratch89

    Oscar Isaac could get it.

  • Drake

    I love Viggo Mortensen … he’s such a great actor, and he needs more powerhouse performance opportunities.

    • The Flobbit

      Viggo is absolutely electrifying in everything. He is compelling and versatile, and is one of the greatest living actors.

  • rajv

    I smell a US VOD release!

  • Neven

    Many talented people both in front of, and behind the camera promise a lot. Now, let’s all hope it turns out good.

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    music is a little heavy handed but the story, acting and cinematography look exceptional. can’t wait to see more

  • Bo

    Well, to address the post below by mytoemytoe that they are selling this on the strength of the screen writer, which is interesting. But the real writer of this is the great Patricia Highsmith who’s book this is adapted from and who wrote all the terrific books with the Ripley character. If some of you are interested other films based on her Ripley works are The Talented Mr. Ripley with Matt Damon and the late Phillip Seymor Hoffman as well as the very good Ripley’s Game with John Malkovich playing Ripley and The American Friend based on Ripley’s Game with Dennis Hopper. The last two, if you like these sort of works, as I do, are really worth checking out. You will not be disappointed. This new one, with these three actors, looks to be very good as the trailer was for me.

  • Aaron Sullivan

    The trailer and the content don’t quite match, but it’s probably what is needed to get people into the seats. I’d have been personally much more persuaded if it was handled with much more subtlety and less dialogue. Just hints instead of the play-by-play of the plot. If this gets really high acclaim I’ll be disappointed that I watched this trailer. My own fault to a degree.

  • randommale7

    I agree with your last statement “simply unacceptable.’ Mortensen is on of the best actors right now and yet he never gets enough work of exposure.

  • The Flobbit

    This has Viggo in it.
    I have to watch it.

  • Knut Holt

    Scandinavia and people of Scandinavian origin seem to be fashionable right now. But Scandinavia is far from that paradize people think that this area is, and Scandinavians are not so intereseting in real life as some of them might appear on film. But this actor seems fit for this role, with exactly the amount of fat on his stomach that a middle aged con artist is supposed to have.

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