With the limited release of Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” just weeks away, the acclaimed drama has picked up a big honor: the Grand Prize at the 2015 Deauville American Film Festival. The movie, starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, now joins a praiseworthy group of Deauville award winners that includes “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Visitor,” “Crash” and “Take Shelter.” The Oscar-winning “Whiplash” won last year’s Grand Prize.
The drama stars Garfield as Dennis Nash, a construction worker who is forced to move in with his mother (Dern) after he is evicted from his home by an intimidating real-estate broker (Shannon). Unable to find work and hungry to support his family, Nash starts working for the broker, but when the job forces him to carry out similar evictions on families, an inescapable battle between employer and employee begins.
“It’s an incredible honor to receive this award,” said Bahrani. “We hoped the film would resonate with people everywhere, so I’m thrilled the jury and audiences in Deauville were so surprised and taken by it, and by the phenomenal Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, who deliver extraordinary performances.”