Making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Daniel Barber’s “The Keeping Room” received specific praise for having a more inspired and feminist take on the American Western. The film is written by Julia Hart, whose script was on the Black List, and stars Brit Marling (“Arbitrage,” “The East”) Sam Worthington and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit,” “Pitch Perfect 2”).
The official synopsis, courtesy of Drafthouse Films, reads: “In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Marling) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Worthington) 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 (Steinfeld) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting 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.”
“The Keeping Room” will be released on September 25 by Drafthouse Films. Check out the exclusive poster below.
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