International trailer for Damien Chazelle's Whiplash

Sony Pictures Classic has released the international trailer for Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, the critically acclaimed hit of Sundance.

The film follows a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz.

Miles Teller is in the leading roles, under the tutelage of J.K. Simmons. The film also stars Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair, and Kavita Patil.

Whiplash is out in Ireland on January 16th.

A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is brilliantly acted by Miles Teller as an eager jazz drummer at a prestigious New York music academy and J.K. Simmons as the teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results. Dubbed “Full Metal Jacket at Juilliard” at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, Chazelle’s jazz musical was developed from his short film of the same name, which premiered at Sundance the previous year. The live jazz core that is fused with Justin Hurwitz’s ambient score, the blood-on-the-drum-kit battle between student and teacher, and the dazzling filmmaking will keep your pulse rate elevated from beginning to end. A kinesthetic depiction of performance anxiety—you don’t need to be a musician to feel it—Whiplash also presents us with a moral issue open to debate.