The first trailer for A24 Problemist from director Julio Torres plays like a dream of dizzying work-related stress — a dream you really want to pay attention to because it’s about someone else’s existential crisis.
ProblemistThe story revolves around Alejandro Martinez (Torres), a talented and aspiring toymaker from El Salvador who travels to New York in hopes of succeeding by making some of his most experimental and unconventional toys. . Although Alejandro knows in his heart that he belongs in New York to pursue his dreams, with time running out on his current work visa, there is a good chance he will be kicked out of the country, putting him in a very difficult position.
ProblemistThe first trailer reveals only a little how off-putting and unhinged art world pariah Elizabeth (Tilda Swinton) is just enough to telegraph what kind of hell Alejandro gets into when he accepts to be his assistant in order to continue working in the United States. In exchange for helping Elizabeth organize an exhibition, she will sponsor him, ensuring that he can stay in New York. But the trailer also details many of the insane hurdles Alejandro has to jump through to make his situation work, and highlights just how imaginatively Problemistwill describe these all-too-real challenges faced by immigrants.
With curiosity, Problemist doesn’t have a release date yet, but hopefully this trailer is a sign that it won’t be long until it hits theaters.