God's Own Country: Gay Love Story Premiered At Sundanceby The Daily Eye Team May 15 2017, 12:48 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 53 secs
The Edinburgh International Film Festival has set Francis Lee’s Sundance buzz title “God’s Own Country” as the opening night film for its 71st edition in June. The contemporary gay drama will see its U.K. premiere at the festival. “This hotly tipped feature debut is one to watch in this incredible year for independent film, and perfectly reflects the festival’s ongoing dedication to delivering audiences the most original and artistically accomplished work in international cinema,” said Edinburgh’s artistic director Mark Adams. The Yorkshire-set gay romance, which has been described as a “British ‘Brokeback Mountain,’” stars Josh O’Connor as a young sheep farmer carrying the weight of his family’s business alone. When his father hires a Romanian migrant worker, played by Alec Secareanu, and the pair begins to work closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship develops. But when family misfortune increases Josh’s responsibilities, his secret romance becomes harder to sustain.