Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” made quite a splash at “Sundance” earlier this year – not only did it receive major critical acclaim but it also caught the eye of media giant Netflix who immediately snatched it for $ 12,5 million.
The film stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund, and Jonathan Banks and according to its official synopsis is set against the backdrop of the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow era. The narrative revolves around “two families — one black, one white — bound together by the hardships of farm life.”
Netflix is already planning an Oscar campaign for the movie and if it succeeds to impress voters, Dee Rees could become the first woman of colour nominated for the Best Movie Award.
Rees made a name for herself back in 2011 with the indie hit “Pariah” – an emotional and poignant tale of an African-American teenager who fears that she will be ostracized by her family and friends if they discover she’s a lesbian and is consequently forced to hide behind different personalities.
Although indie audiences loved “Pariah” it received a very limited release and not many were lucky enough to see it. Things will be different for “Mudbound,” however, as it will premiere on Netflix and select theatres on 17 November.
Needless to say, we are very excited to see it and are keeping our fingers crossed for Dee Rees’ nomination!
Watch the film’s trailer here: