The first trailer for “Carnage” deftly sets up the story while showcasing the four performers in the piece. Oscar winner Roman Polanski (“The Pianist,” 2004) directs this crackling comedy of bad manners. He worked with Yasmin Reza to adapt her Tony-winning play “God of Carnage” about two sets of parents who clash after their children have a fight at school.
Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster (Best Actress: The Accused,” 1988; “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991) and John C. Reilly play the coarser pair while Oscar champs Kate Winslet (Best Actress: “The Reader,” 2008) and Christoph Waltz (Best Supporting Actor: “Inglorious Basterds,” 2009) are the seemingly more refined set of parents. Reilly was a 2002 Supporting Actor nominee for his performance in Best Picture champ “Chicago.” He also featured in two of the other five nominees that year — “Gangs of New York” and “The Hours.”
All four performers in the 2009 Broadway run of “God of Carnage” were nominated for Tony Awards. Marcia Gay Harden won Best Actress in a Play for the part captured on screen by Foster while Hope Davis was nominated in that same category for her performance of Winslet’s role. James Gandolfini, as Harden’s gruff husband (Reilly), and Jeff Daniels, as Davis’s less than better half (Waltz), were both nominated for Best Actor in a Play but lost to Geoffrey Rush (“Exit the King”).
The world premiere of the picture kicks off the 49th edition of the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30.