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Harpur Cinema – God’s Own Country
March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$4.00
God’s Own Country – Francis Lee – UK – 2017 – 105 min.
In Francis Lee’s feature directorial debut, Johnny is a young farmer whose life on the family’s failing sheep farm is a monotonous grind of work and a sort of entrapping legacy. The arrival of Gheorghe, a Romanian migrant worker, leads to a passionate relationship filmed with naturalism in the ravishing landscape of Yorkshire beautifully captured by the cinematography. Rejecting clichés about rural homophobia, the film reveals pockets of acceptance in unexpected places. By not shying away from romantic conventions, Lee’s film “normalizes its characters’ love without a hint of sentimentality or sanctimony” (Guy Lodge).
Won: Berlin International Film Festival, Jury Award – British Independent Film Awards – Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Q-Hugo – Sundance Film Festival – Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
Nominated: BAFTA Awards 2018 – Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association 2018