The-Impossible-UK-Quad-PosterThe Impossible is an astounding and powerful true story that promises to be a very strong contender this awards season.

The film has stormed the Spanish box office in recent weeks, and will soon be released in prime Oscar contention just before Christmas in the US. It premiered at TIFF back in September – you can read our five-star review here – and has been garnering wide critical acclaim ever since.

We saw a new featurette for the film last month, focusing on the true story upon which it is based, and now Yahoo Movies have debuted another moving featurette, taking us once more behind the scenes for one of the year’s strongest entries.

“Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart.”

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor give remarkable performances in the leads, starring alongside Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast.

Acclaimed Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphange) makes a fine English language debut behind the camera, reteaming with Sergio G. Sánchez (The Orphanage), who penned the script.

The Impossible will be released in the US on 21st December, giving it a strong position for the Oscars and much more in the coming weeks. It will then open in the UK on 1st January, 2013, making for a strong and powerful start to the year.