While it’s Rio setting might make you think it would have made sense to release Trash to coincide with this year’s soccer World Cup, it appears they have award hopes for Stephen Daldry’s new movie, which looks like it’s hoping to be this year’s Slumdog Millionaire.
Seeing as Daldry has a Best Director Oscar nomination for three of the four movies he’s made – Billy Elliot, The Reader and The Hours, only missing out on a nom for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – you can understand why they might think it could be an awards contender. The fact it has a script by Richard Curtis doesn’t hurt either.
Now the first poster for the film has arrived, which you can see above.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael (RICKSON TEVEZ) and Gardo (LUIS EDUARDO), realise that what they’ve found must be important. Teaming up with their friend Rato (GABRIEL WEINSTEIN), the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet, evade the police, and uncover the secrets it contains.
‘Along the way, the boys will have to figure out friend from foe, as they piece together the story of the wallet’s owner José angelo (WAGNER MOURA) and realise they can’t trust the police, led by the dangerous Frederico (SELTON MELLO). But a pair of American missionaries working in their favela – the disillusioned Father Julliard (MARTIN SHEEN) and his young assistant Olivia (ROONEY MARA) – might just have the power to knock on the right doors. Trash is directed by STEPHEN DALDRY and written by RICHARD CURTIS based on the book by ANDY MULLIGAN.’