A24, the New York-based indie distributor, has recently acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s A Most Violent Year, written and directed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, Margin Call) and starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain. The official synopsis is as follows:
A Most Violent Year is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
“A24 has established itself as an innovative distributor that understands how to reach a large, diverse audience.” says Jim Berk. “They share our passion for J.C.’s thrilling vision of 1980’s New York featuring the extraordinarily talented Oscar and Jessica.”
“Participant has a terrific track record of partnering with groundbreaking filmmakers and we are thrilled to continue that tradition with this exciting film. J.C. has already shown what a talent he is and is consistently making bold choices in the stories he chooses to tell. This is an important step for our company as we are thrilled to be working with the incredible team involved in making this film,” says A24.
In related news, Chandor’s All Is Lost is currently up for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. It deserves the praise but we think Redford and Chandor, even in a crowed field as this year’s Oscars, got sorely overlooked. A Most Violent Year is scheduled to begin shooting shortly in New York City and A24 is planning for a fourth quarter 2014 release. We’re looking forward to this, how about you?