FILMS WE LIKE PRESENTS
“THE KEEPING ROOM” - A film by Daniel Barber
Opens at TIFF Bell Lightbox - Friday, October 30
“What has always interested me most is human relationships, human conflict. I hope people are drawn into The Keeping Room’s suspense, but that the characters also touch them and spark conversations about women, race and war.” – Director, Daniel Barber
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar and Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down to exact revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
Based on Julia Hart’s Black List screenplay endorsed as one of the best unproduced scripts of 2012 , and directed by Academy Award® Nominated Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room is a tense and uncompromising tale of survival that also shatters both gender and genre conventions.
Daniel Barber – Director
Daniel Barber had won many awards including a BAFTA as a successful director of commercials. His first film The Tonto Woman (2007), a 35 min Western short was nominated for an Oscar. He followed that up with the feature film Harry Brown (2009) starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer.
Films We Like
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Force Majeure, Finding Vivian Maier, and the Academy Award-winner Ida.
Running time: 94 minutes
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