The AFI FEST is known to be one of the best festivals to screen Oscar bound films.  The festival was home to the critically acclaimed Ava DuVernay film Selma, and now the Sundance hit Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees is set to open the festival on November 9 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

The film is set in the Mississippi Delta during and immediately following World War II, the film follows two families: the white McAllans, who own a large farm, and the black Jacksons, who are sharecroppers on the McAllans’ land. When both Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) return from serving in the war, they become friends, bonding over their shared experience. However, while the two men saw the world change enormously when they fought for their country, they come home to find that rural Mississippi stayed very much the same, and neither their families nor their community looks kindly on their friendship.

Ever since Mudbound first premiered at Sundance in January it has been one of the most talked-about films of the year, and the film is already in gear to take awards season by storm.  The film was acquired by Netflix for $12.5 million, and this could be the streaming giant’s first major Oscar contender, and Dee Rees could become the first black woman to ever be nominated for Best Director.

The drama features stunning epic cinematography by AFI Conservatory alumna Rachel Morrison, and stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund, and Jonathan Banks, and was executive produced by Poppy Hanks, produced by Charles King, Kim Roth, Cassian Elwes, Sally Jo Effenson, Carl Effenson, Chris Lemole, and Tim Zajaros.  MACRO co-financed this project with Zeal, and Good Universe will sell foreign rights.

The film will be available on Netflix and released in theaters on November 17th, so be sure to mark your calendars.

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