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God's Own Country
Winner Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival
Telling a haunting and heartfelt contemporary tale of a young gay man longing to find his place in the farming hills of Yorkshire, actor-turned-director Francis Lee's impressive debut has resonated with audiences across the globe and collected a swag of awards from the film festival circuit, including the best directing award at Sundance.
Set in rural Yorkshire, the film follows Johnny (an exceptional performance by Josh O'Connor), who spends his days numbing his frustrations of day-to-day farming by binge-drinking at the local and having angry sex with strangers. When handsome migrant worker Gheorghe (Alec Secareaunu) arrives to help with temporary work on the farm, Johnny finds himself dealing with undiscovered emotions that could be forever life changing.
As a love story between two male farmers, the film has drawn comparisons to Ang Lee's cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain, but God's Own Country offers a reimagined story in a very different world. Filmed down the road from where director Lee grew up in West Yorkshire, there is an authenticity and intimacy of life in rural England that rings true not only through the chemistry and connection between the two leads but through moments of unabated beauty.
"Lee's love for this hard land and the boy trapped in it is unexpectedly moving and rich. This is a small production that is big in heart, honesty and raw talent." — Screendaily
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