A24 has released a new red-band trailer for the wonderfully unique buddy comedy Swiss Army Man. Written and directed by Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), the film stars Paul Dano as a man stranded on an island who, as he’s about to commit suicide, finds that a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) has just washed ashore. He and Radcliffe’s character subsequently embark on a journey that is at once hilarious, sweet, sad, and incredibly strange.
I caught the film at Sundance and I can say without hyperbole that you have never seen anything like Swiss Army Man. Ever. The picture drew a divisive response after its Sundance premiere, but its originality is the one thing that everyone seemed to agree on. But beyond that, I found the film to be a wonderfully emotional tale about what it means to be human, with tremendous performances from both Radcliffe and Dano.
You can read my full review right here, but this trailer does a swell job of further teasing the tone of the picture as well as Manchester Orchestra’s incredible, epic score. And yes, that’s a boner compass.
Watch the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer below followed by a new poster, and click here to watch Steve’s extensive interview with Dano about the movie. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 24th before expanding nationwide on July 1st.
Here’s the official synopsis for Swiss Army Man:
Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the visionary “Turn Down For What” video, among many others). Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again.
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
Swiss Army Man creates a world like no other—a place of pure fantastical imagination, brimming with magical realism yet featuring two characters whose dreams and fears are entirely relatable. Dano and Radcliffe both fully commit to their directors’ audacious vision, and their work is exceptional, finding the perfect balance of humor and heart that drives the whole film. A celebration of all the wonders cinema has to offer, Swiss Army Man is a cultural phenomenon in the making; a surreal and wholly original examination of human vulnerability and connection that must be experienced.