IFC Films has released the first trailer for writer/director David Lowery’s breakout film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The film centers around a young outlaw couple, Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie (Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara), whose crime spree comes to a sudden and violent end with a local cop critically wounded by Ruth. Determined to save his lady love from prison, Bob claims responsibility. A few years after, when Bob learns Ruth has given birth to their daughter,he makes a daring escape to be with his family.
The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Cinematography award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It was also selected to screen at International Critics’ Week and the Cannes Film Festival. Pretty good pedigree – I hope it makes it to a theater near me. Everyone involved in this movie does interesting and creative work; they aren’t generally motivated by box office success.
The cast includes Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Rami Malek and Keith Carradine.
Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration. Set against the backdrop of 1970′s Texas Hill Country, director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss. Featuring powerful performances by Affleck, Mara as well as Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS is a story of love, motherhood, and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.