God's Own Country


Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Francis Lee

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 Deirdre (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 the already exhausted Johnny.

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 Georghe. God’s Own Country marks the discovery of a major new talent in writer/director Francis Lee. This one is not to be missed.

YEAR 2017

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 105 min

COMPANY Magic Bear

EMAIL manon.l.ardisson@gmail.com

PHONE +44 7964743538


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Artist Bio

Francis Lee

Francis Lee is a filmmaker working from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Following an extensive career as an actor, he wrote his first short, Bantam, in 2009. Lee went on to write and direct the shorts The Farmer’s Wife (2012), Bradford Halifax London (2013), and The Last Smallholder (2014), which collectively have played at many international film festivals and won numerous awards. God’s Own Country is Francis’s first feature film.