Don’t be alarmed: That’s not a real dump the children are picking through in the trailer for Stephen Daldry’s Trash. That would be hazardous. So, the production reconstructed one while shooting in Brazil. The Oscar-nominated helmer’s fifth directorial after 2011’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which also nabbed a best pic nod, doesn’t have a domestic distributor yet, nor a stateside release date, which is odd given how Daldry’s titles have continually gained traction during awards season. Universal International is releasing the Working Title feature abroad, and the movie will make its world premiere at the Festival do Rio 2014. Trash follows three Brazilian street kids whose lives become targeted by the government after two of them find a wallet, which holds crucial evidence that can rock the country. Rather than turn the wallet over to the authorities for a reward, the kids seek the confidence of a priest, Father Juilliard (Martin Sheen) and an NGO-worker, Olivia (Rooney Mara). Similar to Extremely Loud when Daldry plucked non-pro and Jeopardy! Kids Week champ Thomas Horn to play a child with autistic traits, the director selected three Brazilian street kids with no prior acting experience as his leads. The children — Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein — were given lessons in parkour. Similarities to Fernando Meirelles’ Oscar-nominated film City Of God, which also took a riveting look at Rio de Janeiro street life among youths, exude. Take a look:
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.