EXCLUSIVE: Yann Demange’s Berlin Competition entry ’71 has a lot of heat on it going into the festival. The anti-war parable centers on a young British soldier who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. Starred Up and Skins’ Jack O’Connell stars. He’ll next be seen in 300: Rise Of An Empire and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Martin McCann, Charlie Murphy, Sam Reid, Killian Scott, David Wilmot, Jack Lowden and Jim Sturgeon round out the cast. Written by Gregory Burke, ‘71 is Demange’s feature debut after directing TV series including the award-winning Top Boy for Channel 4. Robin Gutch of Warp Films and Angus Lamont of Crab Apple are producers. Protagonist Pictures is selling in Berlin where it debuts Friday. Here’s a clip:
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