FREE STATE OF JONES

by Gary Ross
FREE STATE OF JONES

Informations

Nation: USA

Year: 2016

Length: 139'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

During the peak of the Civil War, a Mississippi farmer called Newt Knight leads a rebellion against the Confederacy and “a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight,” as it would later be known in history. Banding together a motley crew of deserters, farmers, and escaped slaves, Knight launches an uprising in the Mississippi swamps. Despite being fewer in number and ill equipped, they manage to secede from the Confederacy and create a Free State of Jones. [cg]

Director

Gary Ross

Gary Ross

Gary Ross (Los Angeles, CA, USA) started working in cinema as a screenwriter. He received an Academy Award Nomination for Big (1988), which he cowrote with Anne Spielberg, and won the Paul Selvin Honorary Award from the Writers Guild of America for Dave (1993). He made his directorial debut in 1998 with Pleasantville, a success with viewers and critics alike. In 2003, he wrote and directed Seabiscuit, receiving seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. He wrote and directed the box office hit The Hunger Games in 2012, the first in the series of movies adapted from Suzanne Collins’ dystopic trilogy.

Filmography:
Pleasantville (id., 1998), Seabiscuit (Seabiscuit - Un mito senza tempo, 2003), The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, 2012), Free State of Jones (id., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Gary Ross
soggetto/story
Leonard Hartman
fotografia/cinematography
Benoît Delhomme
montaggio/film editing
Juliette Welfling, Pamela Martin
scenografia/production design
Philip Messina
costumi/costume design
Louise Frogley
musica/music
Nicholas Britell
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Matthew McConaughey (Newton Knight), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Rachel Knight), Mahershala Ali (Moses Washington), Keri Russell (Serena Knight), Brian Lee Franklin (Davis Knight), Donald Watkins (Wilson), Christopher Berry (Jasper Collins), Sean Bridgers (Will Sumrall)
produttori/producers
Jon Kilik, Scott Stuber
produzione/production
Larger Than Life Productions, Route One Films, Vendian Entertainment

distribuzione/distribution
01 Distribution


contatti/contacts
01 Distribution
www.01distribution.it

Director statement

“There’s a reason why there are more books written about the Civil War than any other period in American history. And why there are more biographies about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure, except Jesus. That period has been deeply repressed in the history of the American conscience. It’s a wound in our history that has caused immeasurable damages. Over six hundred thousand people died. It’s taken several generations and over a century to find a meaning for all of this. Newt Knight reveals the essence of the Civil War, which was fundamentally a battle fought over moral grounds.”

Synopsis Learn more

During the peak of the Civil War, a Mississippi farmer called Newt Knight leads a rebellion against the Confederacy and “a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight,” as it would later be known in history. Banding together a motley crew of deserters, farmers, and escaped slaves, Knight launches an uprising in the Mississippi swamps. Despite being fewer in number and ill equipped, they manage to secede from the Confederacy and create a Free State of Jones. [cg]

Director All about direction

Gary Ross

Gary Ross

Gary Ross (Los Angeles, CA, USA) started working in cinema as a screenwriter. He received an Academy Award Nomination for Big (1988), which he cowrote with Anne Spielberg, and won the Paul Selvin Honorary Award from the Writers Guild of America for Dave (1993). He made his directorial debut in 1998 with Pleasantville, a success with viewers and critics alike. In 2003, he wrote and directed Seabiscuit, receiving seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. He wrote and directed the box office hit The Hunger Games in 2012, the first in the series of movies adapted from Suzanne Collins’ dystopic trilogy.

Filmography:
Pleasantville (id., 1998), Seabiscuit (Seabiscuit - Un mito senza tempo, 2003), The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, 2012), Free State of Jones (id., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Gary Ross
soggetto/story
Leonard Hartman
fotografia/cinematography
Benoît Delhomme
montaggio/film editing
Juliette Welfling, Pamela Martin
scenografia/production design
Philip Messina
costumi/costume design
Louise Frogley
musica/music
Nicholas Britell
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Matthew McConaughey (Newton Knight), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Rachel Knight), Mahershala Ali (Moses Washington), Keri Russell (Serena Knight), Brian Lee Franklin (Davis Knight), Donald Watkins (Wilson), Christopher Berry (Jasper Collins), Sean Bridgers (Will Sumrall)
produttori/producers
Jon Kilik, Scott Stuber
produzione/production
Larger Than Life Productions, Route One Films, Vendian Entertainment

distribuzione/distribution
01 Distribution


contatti/contacts
01 Distribution
www.01distribution.it

Director statement Read more

“There’s a reason why there are more books written about the Civil War than any other period in American history. And why there are more biographies about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure, except Jesus. That period has been deeply repressed in the history of the American conscience. It’s a wound in our history that has caused immeasurable damages. Over six hundred thousand people died. It’s taken several generations and over a century to find a meaning for all of this. Newt Knight reveals the essence of the Civil War, which was fundamentally a battle fought over moral grounds.”