One of the most anticipated films premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival is the period drama, Mudbound, directed by Black Reel Award winning screenwriter/director Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah).
Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Hillary Jordan, Mudbound centers on two families, during post-World War II South, who are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. This epic pioneer story is about friendship, heritage, and the unending struggle for and against the land.
The film will screen in the festival’s prestigious “Premiere” section, alongside films from established industry heavyweights, including Kevin Spacey (Rebel in the Rye), Cate Blanchett (Manifesto), Woody Harrelson (Wilson), and Jeremy Renner (Wind River).
This film is Rees’ follow-up to her highly successful HBO biopic, Bessie, which won three Black Reel Awards last year. The 39-year old writer/director has long been considered a rising star and could see her profile continue to grow if this film is successful at Sundance.
Written by Virgil Williams, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige.
Mudbound will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017.
Currently, there is no trailer available for the film but check out a clip of Jordan at a book reading sharing a little of her novel, as well as some images from the film, below: