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Project Nim trailer hits big

ProjectNim.jpgThe trailer for Project Nim has captured me. It has moments where it looks great and the interviews seem to have captured some very personal moments and comments, but it's the idea of how close chimpanzee and human are and the suggestion that the animal side can't be escaped.

It has a great tone to the trailer as it starts off rather quaint and cute and begins to turn a little darker, and a little weightier as it progresses. This is an excellent trailer.

Project Nim tells the story of a family in the seventies who joined an experiment which aimed to rear a chimpanzee as a human and teach them to communicate. What happens, according to the blurb, is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

It also describes the film as unsentimental and unflinching, and all this does suggest that it does become much more important than the opening scenes might suggest. Here's the complete blurb:

From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim's extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature - and indeed our own - is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

It's directed by James Marsh, the director of Man on Wire, an excellent documentary, and it does look like they're going to follow it up with this equally powerful Project Nim.

The trailer is on Apple Trailers and in high definition, and it's definitely a film I'm going to keep an eye out for.



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