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Sweet Virginia

Sweet Virginia

Synopsis

Director

A burglary-homicide rattles the residents of a small Alaska town, in particular two women made widows by the crime and their mutual friend, Sam, the proprietor of the local motor lodge. Sam is an outsider himself, a former rodeo champ all too happy to leave the jolt and violence of the ring behind. So when his guests prove unruly or a stranger reaches out to him, reluctance is his natural response. Secrets are revealed, violence increases, and the people in town act more unhinged. His hesitancy – and his willingness to move past it – becomes the lynchpin for his survival.

Jon Bernthal, Rosemarie DeWitt, Imogen Poots, and a spectacular Christopher Abbott star in this gritty neo-Western with echoes of the early Coen Brothers in its intermingling of setting and criminal descent. Yet director Jamie M. Dagg showcases in his sophomore feature a unique directorial signature: a deliberate, contemplative rhythm that perfectly matches the watchful sensibilities of his characters. Adding able support from Jessica Lee Gagné’s cinematography and the Blair Brothers’ atmospheric score, „Sweet Virginia“ becomes a haunting drama about the predator in each of us, and the prices we pay to start over.

Cara Cusumano, Tribeca Film Festival

Jamie M. Dagg

Jamie M. Dagg's first feature film River premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 to excellent reviews, and was awarded the Claude Jutra Award (Canadian Screen Award) which recognizes outstanding work by first-time filmmakers. "Sweet Virginia" is his second full-length feature.

Filmography

  • River (2015)
  • Sweet Virginia (2017)

Schedule

21.11.2017
20:45 - 22:40
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Screening code: 051004
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Fernando Loureiro
24.11.2017
20:45 - 22:40
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 8
Screening code: 080504
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Fernando Loureiro
02.12.2017
21:45 - 23:20
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Screening code: 161304
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: United States, Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 95 minutes
Language: English
Director: Jamie M. Dagg
Producers: Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Ferguson, Fernando Loureiro, Robert Vasconcellos
Writers: The China Brothers (Benjamin China, Paul China)
DOP: Jessica Lee Gagné
Montage: Duff Smith
Composers: Will Blair, Brooke Blair
Cast: Christopher Abbott, Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt, Odessa Young, Jared Abrahamson
Productions: Automatik, Exhibit, Oddfellows Pictures
Festivals: Tribeca, Edinburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Busan

Synopsis

Director

A burglary-homicide rattles the residents of a small Alaska town, in particular two women made widows by the crime and their mutual friend, Sam, the proprietor of the local motor lodge. Sam is an outsider himself, a former rodeo champ all too happy to leave the jolt and violence of the ring behind. So when his guests prove unruly or a stranger reaches out to him, reluctance is his natural response. Secrets are revealed, violence increases, and the people in town act more unhinged. His hesitancy – and his willingness to move past it – becomes the lynchpin for his survival.

Jon Bernthal, Rosemarie DeWitt, Imogen Poots, and a spectacular Christopher Abbott star in this gritty neo-Western with echoes of the early Coen Brothers in its intermingling of setting and criminal descent. Yet director Jamie M. Dagg showcases in his sophomore feature a unique directorial signature: a deliberate, contemplative rhythm that perfectly matches the watchful sensibilities of his characters. Adding able support from Jessica Lee Gagné’s cinematography and the Blair Brothers’ atmospheric score, „Sweet Virginia“ becomes a haunting drama about the predator in each of us, and the prices we pay to start over.

Cara Cusumano, Tribeca Film Festival

Jamie M. Dagg

Jamie M. Dagg's first feature film River premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 to excellent reviews, and was awarded the Claude Jutra Award (Canadian Screen Award) which recognizes outstanding work by first-time filmmakers. "Sweet Virginia" is his second full-length feature.

Filmography

  • River (2015)
  • Sweet Virginia (2017)