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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 IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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