Among our 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders, J.C. Chandor‘s promising “A Most Violent Year” is certainly one that will likely give some of the current frontrunners (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “Foxcatcher,” “Birdman”) stiff competition. Now, the Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac starring film has a debut set.
AFI Fest has announced that “A Most Violent Year” will have its world premiere as part of the Opening Night Gala on November 6th. The red carpet beforehand will see the likes of Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, each co-starring in a movie about an immigrant trying to make his way in a violence plagued New York City in 1981.
“A Most Violent Year” opens in limited release on December 31st. Watch the trailer here. Press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, September 24, 2014 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that A24’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR will have its World Premiere onThursday, November 6, as the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi. The film is written and directed by Academy Award® nominee J.C. Chandor and stars Oscar Isaac, Academy Award® nominees Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks as well as David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
“J.C. Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level. Chandor is a talented director who takes risks with every film that he makes and A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is no exception. It is a great film with which to open the festival and begin the audience’s eight-day journey through a landscape of extraordinary contemporary cinema,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.
To attend the World Premiere and Opening Night Gala of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with reserved seats, guests must purchase a festival package at the Star Patron or Marquee Patronlevel. These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes – which can include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes. AFI Members will be given access to regular screenings with a Cinepass for this year’s festival. Information about AFI Membership is available at AFI.com/membership. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas will be available to the general public online at AFI.com/AFIFEST beginning Friday, October 24.
AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, California, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. As previously announced, Sophia Loren will be honored with a Tribute on Wednesday, November 12 and her memoir “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life” will be published by Artia Books on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. The full festival lineup will be unveiled in October.
For the 11th year, Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional top sponsors include AT&T; Coca-Cola; Vizio; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and Stella Artois. The festival’s venue sponsors include the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre.
About A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
Set in 1981, during one of the most crime-ridden winters in New York City’s history, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR follows the lives of Abel and Anna Morales (Isaac and Chastain) as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.