New U.S. Trailer for ’71

Jack O’Connell Film

Roadside Attractions has released Yann Demange‘s breakout film ’71 that stars Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell.

The directorial debut of Algerian-French filmmaker–who picked up Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards–will participate in Spotlight Section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival after its debut this year at the Berlin Film Festival.

The thriller set during the time of The Troubles in Ireland in 1971 earned much acclaim in Berlin. According to FirstShowing.net, they’ve been slow-playing this one so that it can build off the buzz of Angelina Jolie’s soon-to-be-released Unbroken and underrated prison drama Starred Up before release. However, I cannot wait to see what O’Connell brings to what looks like a heavy film. He stars as a British soldier lost in the streets of Belfast. Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Charlie Murphy, Killian Scott and Richard Dormer also feature in the film, penned by Gregory Burke.

Watch the first ’71 trailer with three posters beneath.

It opens in the U.S. on February 27, 2015.

1971, and the conflict in Northern Ireland is escalating towards civil war. Young English recruit Gary is called into action in Belfast. The situation in the city is confusing and challenging – even for experienced military commanders. The town is divided into ‘loyal’ Protestant and ‘hostile’ Catholic areas. Both parties have paramilitary units; in addition, radical street gangs and undercover agents from all sides are trying to assert their interests on their own initiative. During a patrol, the soldiers become embroiled in a scuffle and one of them loses their weapon. Gary and a fellow soldier follow the thief who disappears into the crowd. Suddenly Gary is having to fend for himself alone in the midst of enemy territory. His journey back to his base that night is an odyssey filled with uncertainty, fear and desperation. Director Yann Demange exposes the futility of war in which every act of violence only breeds more violence. An existentialist nocturne about hidden identities, creeping paranoia and those forced to take a stand. As the film progresses, it gradually breaks free from specifics to become a more universal anti-war parable. (via TheFilmStage.com)