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God’s Own Country
Directed by Francis Lee
104 min | 2017 | UK | Not Rated
* Actor Alec Secareanu and Director of the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper, scheduled to be in attendance for a post-film discussion.
Spring. Yorkshire, England. Johnny Saxby, a 25-year-old sheep farmer, has sacrificed going away to college or getting a job in town to run the family farm for his ailing father, Martin (Ian Hart), and stoic grandmother, Deidre (Gemma Jones), numbing the daily frustration of his desolate life with binge drinking and casual sex. As lambing season approaches, Martin hires a Romanian migrant worker, Gheorghe, to assist his exhausted son.
Johnny bitterly resents Gheorghe, stubbornly insisting he can cope on his own, but Gheorghe proves he not only understands this farming life, but, more importantly, he understands Johnny.
You can smell the mud in this movie. Every gritty, sensual detail springs from authenticity, especially the powerful emotional journey of its young leads, played with fierce commitment by Josh O’Connor as Johnny and Alec Secareanu as Gheorghe. God’s Own Country marks the discovery of a major new talent in writer/director Francis Lee. This film is not to be missed.
— Sundance Film Festival
Winner: Directing Award World Cinema Dramatic–2017 Sundance Film Festival
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