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God's Own Country

God's Own Country

Synopsis

Director

A troubled, taciturn young man on a remote Yorkshire farm is the keen focus of first-time film-maker Francis Lee’s intense romance, „God’s Own Country“. Lee’s love for this hard land and the boy trapped in it – so fully embodied by young British actor Josh O’Connor – is unexpectedly moving and rich. This is a small production that is big in heart, honesty and raw talent.
This is clearly a personal film, shot in the part of England where Lee grew up – in fact, near his father’s farm in Keighley, Yorkshire. Being a former actor may also help explain the depth of the performance the director has drawn from young O’Connor (TV’s „The Durrells“), while „God’s Own Country“ marks Secareanu’s screen debut, his character is more of a blank canvas on which to prise this sweet story of young love out of the gruelling, relentless, routine on a struggling smallholder farm.
While it never quite looks like an advert for the North Yorkshire Tourist Board, there’s an untamed beauty to „God’s Own Country“ (a term first used to describe an area in Ireland, and later to Australia), while sequences set during lambing are arrestingly authentic. If the scenes involving sex, spit and urine don’t quite convey the fundamentals of this life, moments in which a small animal is skinned – for good reason, as it turns out – brings the point across with no room for argument.
Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen International

Francis Lee

born in Yorkshire, UK where he also grew up, after training at the Rose Bruford College he worked initially as an actor in theatre, television and film before writing his first screenplay for the short film „Bantam“ (2010). His directing debut „The Farmer’s Wife“ (2012) and its successors „Bradford-Halifax-London“ (2013) and „The Last Smallholder“ (2014) screened at many international film festivals and won numerous awards. „God’s Own Country“ is his first feature-length film.

Filmography

  • God's Own Country (2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
21:30 - 23:14
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, RUS
Screening code: 011303
Sold out
18.11.2017
18:00 - 19:44
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, RUS
Screening code: 022001
Sold out
26.11.2017
19:15 - 20:59
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, RUS
Screening code: 101003
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Screen International Critics' Choice

Film info

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2017
Duration: 104 minutes
Language: English
Director: Francis Lee
Producers: Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
Writer: Francis Lee
DOP: Joshua James Richards
Montage: Chris Wyatt
Composers: Dustin O’Halloran, Adam Wiltzie
Cast: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart
Productions: Inflammable, Shudder Films
Distributor: A-One Films Estonia
Festivals: Sundance (Directing Award), Berlinale, Istanbul, Seattle, Karlovy Vary, Vancouver

Synopsis

Director

A troubled, taciturn young man on a remote Yorkshire farm is the keen focus of first-time film-maker Francis Lee’s intense romance, „God’s Own Country“. Lee’s love for this hard land and the boy trapped in it – so fully embodied by young British actor Josh O’Connor – is unexpectedly moving and rich. This is a small production that is big in heart, honesty and raw talent.
This is clearly a personal film, shot in the part of England where Lee grew up – in fact, near his father’s farm in Keighley, Yorkshire. Being a former actor may also help explain the depth of the performance the director has drawn from young O’Connor (TV’s „The Durrells“), while „God’s Own Country“ marks Secareanu’s screen debut, his character is more of a blank canvas on which to prise this sweet story of young love out of the gruelling, relentless, routine on a struggling smallholder farm.
While it never quite looks like an advert for the North Yorkshire Tourist Board, there’s an untamed beauty to „God’s Own Country“ (a term first used to describe an area in Ireland, and later to Australia), while sequences set during lambing are arrestingly authentic. If the scenes involving sex, spit and urine don’t quite convey the fundamentals of this life, moments in which a small animal is skinned – for good reason, as it turns out – brings the point across with no room for argument.
Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen International

Francis Lee

born in Yorkshire, UK where he also grew up, after training at the Rose Bruford College he worked initially as an actor in theatre, television and film before writing his first screenplay for the short film „Bantam“ (2010). His directing debut „The Farmer’s Wife“ (2012) and its successors „Bradford-Halifax-London“ (2013) and „The Last Smallholder“ (2014) screened at many international film festivals and won numerous awards. „God’s Own Country“ is his first feature-length film.

Filmography

  • God's Own Country (2017)