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Watch: First Trailer & 2 Clips From Mike Leigh's Cannes Competition Film 'Mr. Turner' Plus New Pics

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 14, 2014 9:00 AM
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Mr. Turner, Timothy Spalding

Mike Leigh's process—which includes a lengthy rehearsal process before shooting even begins—means that his films can come as quickly as a couple years apart, or in the case of "Mr. Turner," four years on since his last effort, 2010's lovely "Another Year." The latter won an Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes, and the director is back on the Croisette in Competition this year with a period drama about famed artist J.M.W. Turner.

Timothy Spall takes the lead role—his fifth film with Leigh following "Life Is Sweet," "Secrets & Lies," "Topsy-Turvy" and "All Or Nothing"—in the movie that chronicles the eccentric life of the painter, who hangs with aristocracy and prostitutes, and who once strapped himself to the mast of a ship so he could accurately paint a snowstorm. And in these two clips we see Turner as both a man of the people and a furious artist, and one who also finds much solace in nature. It's pretty great stuff, with the long take in the first clip particularly impressive. And for more, the full trailer for the movie has also arrived.

"Mr. Turner" will be released later this year by Sony Pictures Classics. Watch below.

Browse through all our coverage of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival by clicking here.

Mr. Turner, Timothy Spalding
Mr. Turner, Timothy Spalding
Mr. Turner, Timothy Spalding
Mr. Turner
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