Taglines: Wanted dead or dead.
Jay is a lovelorn 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to the American West at the close of the nineteenth century to track down his former lover. Confronted with the harsh realities of the frontier, he falls in with a rough and mysterious traveler named Silas (Michael Fassbender), who soon discovers that the focus of Jay’s affection has a price on her head. Together, the two navigate a vast, untamed wilderness while attempting to stay one step ahead of a bloodthirsty posse and colorful bounty hunter. Their search leads to a bloody confrontation where Jay’s romanticism is the first of many casualties.
Scottish filmmaker John Maclean makes his Sundance Film Festival debut with a fresh, lyrical perspective on a quintessentially American art form. With performances buoyed by Fassbender’s enigmatic and modern take on the stoic Western hero, a wry sense of humor, and stunning panoramic cinematography, Slow West is a surreal journey through a gorgeous yet inhospitable landscape.
Slow West is an action western film written and directed by John Maclean (formerly of The Beta Band) in his directorial debut. Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Ben Mendelsohn, the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015, where it was awarded the Sundance Institute’s World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic Winner.
Directed by: John Maclean
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Andrew Robertt, Tawanda Manyimo
Screenplay by: John Maclean
Production Design by: Kim Sinclair
Cinematography by: Robbie Ryan
Film Editing by: Roland Gallois, Jon Gregory
MPAA Rating: R for violence and brief language.
Studio: A24 Films
Release Date: May 15, 2015
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