February 2, 2014 at 8:44 am #137651
Director: J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”, “All Is Lost.”)
Starring: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark 30, The Help, The Tree of Life), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive), Catalina Sandino Moreno ( Maria Full of Grace), Alfred Molina (An Education, Chocolat, Frida,), Albert Brooks ( Drive), David Oyelowo (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Lincoln, The Help), Christopher Abbot (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Producers: Neal Dodson (Before the Door), Anna Gerb (Washington Square Films) J.C. Chandor
Executive producers:Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Joshua Blum, Kerry Orent
Co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Shooting started Wednesday, January 29th in New York. A24 is planning for a fourth-quarter release, as per Variety.
A Most Violent Year is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The story revolves around an American immigrant (Isaac) and his wife (Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star as the owners of a heating oil business whose ambition collides with the criminal element in New York in 1981, when the city saw a surge in violent crime.
Best Actress Oscar Nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno was also cast in the drama in a supporting role.
Glen Basner’s FilmNation will introduce the high-profile indie project to foreign buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market for the first time.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/berlin-david-oyelowo-joins-cast-674881February 2, 2014 at 9:07 am #137653
Whoa, this sounds interesting.February 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm #137654
Just a note – there’s a spelling error in the title.
This sounds great. Great to see Sandino Moreno working again.February 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm #137655
Sounds insane.February 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm #137656
I Can’t wait to see Osar Isaac post Inside Llewyn Davis. It was definitely a breakout role, and if he’s good in this, I think he’ll be getting a lot of quality offers coming his way.February 4, 2014 at 7:59 am #137657
Sounds Awesome! I wonder if this is going to be the movie that will get Jessica her Oscar.February 4, 2014 at 8:09 am #137658
I keep getting this confused with A Most Wanted Man.February 18, 2014 at 9:58 am #137660
Jessica Chastain’s Facebook page says that she has finished the filming on ‘A Most Violent Year’. Supposedly, they’re trying to get post production done in time for award season this year.August 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm #137662
Test screening tonight in LA.
Reactions in 12 hours.
INTERVIEW: Jessica Chastain
I’m living for your blunt blonde bob in A Most Violent Year. It’s giving me Michelle Pfeiffer–in-Scarface realness.
Oh my God, I’m living for my hair in that movie, too! Every day since,
I’m like, Should I just cut my hair off and dye it blonde? because I
loved it so much.
What can you tell me about that film? I feel like we actually know much more about Interstellar than we do A Most Violent Year.
I don’t know how much I can say because I know that J.C. is keeping a
lot private, but I will say that what’s so exciting about it is that
it’s another take on the early-1980s New York crime film. This is a
moral tale about a man who’s trying to be honorable and good in one of
the most violent years in New York history, 1981. In the past, we’ve
seen crime films where people fully and willingly participate in crime
to further their business or their prospects, but this is about a man
who’s wholeheartedly against that.
Who do you play?
My character’s name is Anna, and she comes from a family who’s well
versed in criminal activity. She’s fun and unlike anything I’ve ever
played before. She’s super supportive of her husband, and her man is her
king. Sometimes you wonder, though, if she should be the king.
And your man is played by Oscar Isaac ….
I love Oscar. Oscar and I went to school together at Juilliard, and this
is the first time we’ve ever gotten to act together. For over ten
years, we’ve watched each other’s work, thinking, When are we going to
be able to do something with each other? Originally, there was another
actor [Javier Bardem] who was going to do that film, and then, when he
fell through, J.C. and I were talking and Oscar was really the right
fit, so that was an exciting prospect for me.August 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm #137663
“Oh my God, I’m living for my hair in that movie, too! Every day since, I’m like,..”August 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm #137664
This movie is going to be a great time. I am excited Oscar Isaac is becoming a rising star right now after Llewyn DavisAugust 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm #137665
Very excited for this. I like everyone involved with this film.August 27, 2014 at 2:07 am #137666
First post-screening tweets praise Oscar, Jessica and Albert, as cinematography and sound design as well.
My friend just got out and said it was really good! Also, Chastain is
Supporting. This person is a gigantic movie buff, but is one who doesn’t
follow the Oscar race all year like us.
– The whole cast was rather excellent, especially Isaac and Chastain.
– Cinematography and sound design was superb.
– Story was good, but it felt a bit unfocused at times.
– Brooks was pretty great too.”
• Predictions on Oscar nominations?
“I could see both Isaac and Chastain being nominated.”
• Could you see either winning?
“Possibly Isaac, but its hard to say at the moment.”
• and could Chastain be pushed lead? Or is she 100% supporting?
• Could Chastain win?
“One could argue she had the most standout moments in the film.”
• Is the movie a slow burn?
“For the most part, yes.”
• Does Chastain do an accent in the film?
“The title of the film and synopsis will probably throw most people off.
The plot is usually focused on one area, and it’s not so much the
abundance of crime that occurred in 1981. That was more of a backdrop.”
• Did the audience seem to like it despite it being a slow burn?
– Yes. Huge applause at the end.
– Chandor was in attendance.
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Based on what I just saw, I’d say Jessica Chastain is about to have a(nother) very big year.
I hope A24 is ready to play with the big boys.