A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year Information

A Most Violent Year is an upcoming American crime thriller film directed and written by J. C. Chandor. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Alessandro Nivola, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Catalina Sandino Moreno. It had its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI Fest on November 6, 2014 and will be released theatrically on December 31, 2014.


Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, the film centers on the life of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.



On May 23, 2013, Deadline reported that filmmaker J. C. Chandor would write and direct A Most Violent Year, which was to begin shooting in the fall. Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb are producing the film along with FilmNation Entertainment's Glen Basner as executive producer. On January 22, 2014, A24 Films acquired the United States' distribution rights to the Participant Media's film, which A24 has planned to release the film in fourth quarter of 2014. The film is co-financed by Image Nation and Participant Media, while producing by Before the Door Pictures and Washington Square Films.


On June 5, 2013 Javier Bardem joined the film to play the lead. On July 16, 2013 Jessica Chastain joined the cast to play the lead role along with Bardem. On December 3, 2013, Oscar Isaac joined the lead cast of the film replacing Bardem. On January 27, 2014 Albert Brooks joined the film, playing Isaac's character's attorney, and actress Catalina Sandino Moreno also joined the film in a supporting role. On January 29, 2014, while the film's shooting was underway, David Oyelowo joined the cast of the film. Other cast members include Ashley Williams, Elyes Gabel, Harris Yulin, Giselle Eisenberg, and Elizabeth Marvel. On February 21, 2014 Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of the film, he'll play Peter Forente, a heating oil distributor who is a competitor to Isaac"?s character.


Principal photography began on January 29, 2014 in New York City. The shooting of the film was underway on February 18th in Manhattan, where Chastain was spotted. On February 22, 2014 the filming was underway on Queens Plaza South on Queens Boulevard in Long Island City, NY. Filming resumed in the Maspeth section of Queens on March 2, 2014.


Om September 18, 2014, Alex Ebert was hired to score the film.


A Most Violent Year had its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 6, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The film is considered to jump into the Oscar conversation after its opening. The film will be released on December 31, 2014 by A24 Films.


Early reviews for A Most Violent Year have been overwhelmingly positive. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a 93% 'fresh' rating based on 14 reviews. Critical aggregator website Metacritic gave the film a score of 86, indicatin "universal acclaim". Many reviewers compared Chandor's style in this film favorably to the works of Sidney Lumet, as well as praised the performances of Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. Both Isaac and Chastain are expected to be in conversation in the Oscar race, especially Chastain.


Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Gotham Independent Film Awards December 1, 2014 Best Actor Oscar Isaac

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