Director: Gus Van Sant | Countries of production: United Arab Emirates, United States | Year: 2012 | Length: 106 min
Language: English | Certificate: 15 Cert

Screened as part of TOAFF13

Gus Van Sant’s award-winning drama, adapted from Dave Eggers’ short story, brings to life the emotion and debates running high over fracking in small-town America.

Steve (Matt Damon) is a farm boy turned corporate salesman, dispatched to the backwater town of McKinley with his colleague Sue (Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the pair are confident of securing drilling rights on community properties. But what seems like an easy job and a short stay becomes more complicated when Dustin, a slick environmental activist, arrives. The stakes, both personal and professional, rise to boiling point.

Thought provoking and emotionally engaging…a terrific central performance from Matt Damon
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Berlin International Film Festival, Winner, International Jury
National Board of Review, USA, Winner, Freedom of Expression Award

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