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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #70. Terence Davies’ Sunset Song

Sunset Song

Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Producers: Sol Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan

The bad news is that there are needle in a haystack chances that we’ll see a Terence Davies project released this year. The good news is that the Liverpool filmmaker behind quintessential classics Distant Voices, Still Lives, The House of Mirth, and the lush The Deep Blue Sea has a total of three projects in development.

Gist: Set in the early 20th century, Chris Guthrie, a farmer’s daughter in north-eastern Scotland struggles for love amid hardship and family misfortune. After her mother, a poverty-stricken woman broken by repeated childbirths, poisons herself and her baby twins the resilient young Chris must manage the farm in her absence. When her father has a stroke and becomes bedridden, though also eager for an incestuous relationship, she is left on the land by her closest ally and friend, her brother. Finally she finds love, only to wave her new husband off to the Great War. She remains on the farm, connected to a land about to be changed forever by the onset of technology and war.

Release Date: This would need to start lensing this spring for any chance at a 2014 festival release.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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