The first trailer for Daniel Barber’s Civil War-era drama The Keeping Room has just been released by Drafthouse Films, and it reinforces the suggestion that this film should be on your radar. Our own Matt Goldberg got a chance to review it during TIFF last year; on September 25th, you’ll be able to check it out for yourself in a limited theatrical release before it rolls wide through October.
Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Sam Worthington, Barber’s R-rated drama sees a household of Southern women left without the company of men during the waning days of the American Civil War. When two drunken soldiers on a mission to claim their spoils of war track the women back to their home, the women must defend themselves against the soldiers’ increasingly aggressive attacks. This first look is but a glimpse of the horrors of war and savagery The Keeping Room has to offer, making it a great tease for the full film.
Watch the first trailer for The Keeping Room below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis followed by the poster for The Keeping Room:
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home–and themselves–as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, and directed by Academy Award® Nominated Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room is a tense and uncompromising tale of survival that also shatters both gender and genre conventions.