Drafthouse Films has unveiled the first trailer for The Keeping Room, a dramatic picture set towards the end of the Civil War.
Brit Marling (Another Earth, I Origins) plays Southerner Augusta, who must find strength with her sister (Hailee Steinfeld) and their female slave (Muna Otaru) when two soldiers decide to embark on assault against them.
Daniel Barber, who directed Michael Caine in Harry Brown, looks to have another gritty drama here. It’s essentially home invasion horror injected with themes of sexism and race, and we’re very intrigued to see whether or not it will all fit together. Marling is usually good value, as is the cinematography by Martin Ruhe (Control, The American, Run All Night). We’re in.
The Keeping Room will be getting a U.S. release on September 25.
Synopsis for The Keeping Room:
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar & Kyle Soller, BBC’s “Poldark”) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.