God's Own Country
The spiritual successor to Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, this fiercely powerful gay romance comes alive in the defiant, gritty Yorkshire countryside.
Johnny works on the family farm, having sacrificed his dream at university life to help his ailing father. When he’s not balefully helping his father deliver livestock, he’s out on the town getting wasted and hooking up with guys. But a wind of change comes in the form of Gheorghe, a rugged Romanian farmhand with a calming affinity for the lambs.
In his debut feature, Sundance Award winning director Francis Lee carefully unfolds the characters’ relationship with great restraint. In the claustrophobic sullenness of the moors, the two wrestle with their emotions, caught between animalistic desire and a loving tenderness. Lee intertwines the great sensitivity of unspoken gestures with the palpable struggles of the immigrant and working class, eschewing all reductiveness to show us the singular richness of a love without boundaries.
Cast & Credits
Francis Lee is a filmmaker from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Following an extensive acting career, he started directing short films including Bantam (2010), The Farmer’s Wife (2012) and The Last Smallholder (2014), all having collectively played at many international festivals and won numerous awards. Lee currently lives in a hut in Brontë Country.
Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu
• Teddy Awards – Männer Reader Jury Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2017
• Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival 2017
• The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Edinburg International Film Festival 2017