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WATCH: First Trailer for Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner' Biopic, Competing at Cannes

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 14, 2014 at 2:25PM

A first trailer has arrived for Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," playing in competition at Cannes. The film was already much anticipated over here at TOH!, and this first glimpse only solidifies that it could emerge as one of the finer titles out of the festival. Watch below.
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'Mr. Turner'
'Mr. Turner'

A first trailer has arrived for Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," playing in competition at Cannes. The film was already much anticipated over here at TOH!, and this first glimpse only solidifies that it could emerge as one of the finer titles out of the festival. Watch below.

The biopic on the great Romantic painter has been at least four years in the making, a passion project for Leigh. It stars Timothy Spall as the unconventional Turner himself, clashing with the Brit powers-that-be as he unveils one masterpiece after another. A particularly striking moment from the trailer comes when Turner adds an at-first unsightly red glob of paint to what appears to be a finished work. And then, with one deft flick of the wrist, the glob transforms into something else entirely.

Sony Pictures Classics will release "Mr. Turner" later this year. Anne Thompson is reporting from Cannes and will let us know how it plays.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.