Beast, Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce’s Beast starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James will make its U.S. debut in the Spotlight section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January.

The film which premiered to critical and audience praise at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival will be released in Spring 2018 by 30WEST and Roadside Attractions.

The psychological thriller, which is the first feature-length project from writer/director Pearce, centers around a small island community where a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape from her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of.

Roadside Attractions’ Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said: “Beast has been heralded as one of the indie success stories from the Toronto Film Festival. It is an extraordinary and deservedly acclaimed directorial debut from Michael Pearce, who delivers a taut, tense, and stirring thriller with a wonderfully complex heroine at the film’s core. Jessie Buckley gives a magnificent and memorable performance and we are thrilled to partner with the team at 30WEST as we help bring this psychosexual drama to audiences throughout the country.”

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