Release Date: 1/21/17; Sundance Film Festival
Running Time: 120 mins.
Director: Dee Rees
Studio(s): Armory Films, Black Bear Pictures, Elevated Films (II), MACRO, MMC Joule Films. Zeal Media.
Cast: Jason Mitchell (Ronsel Jackson), Rob Morgan (Hap Jackson), Mary J. Blige (Florence Jackson), Carey Mulligan (Laura McAllan), Jason Clarke (Henry McAllan), Garrett Hedlund (Jamie McAllan), Jonathan Banks (Pappy McAllan).
Story: A big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novel of the same name, which is set in 1946 in the wake of World War II, the story follows the fates of two very different families that collide while struggling to make their dreams come true in the Mississippi Delta. When two celebrated soldiers return home, their unlikely friendship complicates the already fraught relationship between the families. The official Sundance synopsis reads: set in the post–World War II South, the story follows two families who are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. Source: Shadow and Act.