Focus Features has released new clips, a new poster, and some new images from director Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming drama Dallas Buyers Club. Based on a true story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as a Texas electrician who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other patients. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s a really solid performance-driven pic that chronicles the beginning of the AIDS epidemic from a fascinating point of view. McConaughey is indeed great in the film, but Jared Leto nearly steals the entire film as a transgender AIDS patient who becomes McConaughey’s business partner. Expect both to garner serious awards attention in the coming months.
Hit the jump to check out the clips, poster, and images, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, and Steve Zahn. Dallas Buyers Club opens on November 1st.
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Here’s the synopsis for Dallas Buyers Club:
In this fact-based drama, Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1985, Ron was blindsided with an HIV diagnosis and given 30 days to live. With medications still restricted in the US and the country still divided over how to combat the virus, Ron procured non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world through both legal and illegal means. To avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, Ron established a “buyers club” for fellow HIV-positive people, giving them access to his supplies.