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Midnight Special

 

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Producer), Joel Edgerton (Actor), Kirsten Dunst (Actress), Jeff Nichols (Director), Jaeden Lieberher (Actor), Michael Shannon (Actor), Sarah Green (Producer)
Moderation: Anatol Weber

Press Conference at full length
 
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Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. Gradually, we begin to understand why this boy with extraordinary powers has to wear protective glasses. We also learn why religious extremists are interested in him, and why both the local police and high-ranking American government officials are hot on the heels of father and son. In his new film Jeff Nichols may have changed genres but he remains true to himself. Midnight Special is an idiosyncratic mixture of science-fiction and family saga; at the same time, Nichols continues to explore the structures of violence and paranoia in small-town America, showing us both the influence wielded by arch-conservative sects and the powerlessness of the individual in the face of an aggressive state apparatus. The longer their flight continues, the more fantastical it becomes as we observe a loving father undertaking everything in his power to lead his son to his destiny a destiny that could also decide the fate of the entire world.

USA 2015, 112 min

by

Jeff Nichols

with

Michael Shannon
Joel Edgerton
Kirsten Dunst
Jaeden Lieberher

World Sales

Warner Bros. Pictures