Cary Fukunaga is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today.
It was apparent when Sin Nombre, his potent first feature film, began gathering hype back in 2009. His follow-up, the Michael Fassbender-starring 2011 Jane Eyre, was a decidedly different film in both tone and story, showing off Fukunaga’s range with an understated period drama. He was getting recognised, to be sure, but it was his work directing every episode of True Detective‘s first season that really put him on the map. And now we have Beasts of No Nation.
That first teaser was enough to shake us, and this new trailer is simply devastating. Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
Young Abraham Attah looks to be putting in one hell of a turn as the child soldier and Idris Elba may be giving a career-best performance as the Commandant pushing these children to shocking acts.
Beasts of No Nation looks shocking, tough as hell, beautifully made, and deeply important. We simply cannot wait to witness what Fukunaga has crafted here.
The film will be premiering on Netflix and select U.S. cinemas on October 16.
Beasts of No Nation, A Netflix Original Film. When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. Available in select theaters and on Netflix October 16.