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That Evening Sun

Narrative Feature, Narrative Competition
D: Scott Teems; with Hal Holbrook, Mia Wasikowska, Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Carrie Preston

Hal Holbrook gives the latest in a 50-year series of brilliant performances as Abner Meecham, a widower who escapes from a retirement home in rural Tennessee only to learn his son has sold the family farm to an old nemesis. Based on a short story by William Gay, That Evening Sun unpacks itself slowly, until you can almost feel the Tennessee humidity on your skin and the sound of the cicadas starts to drive you mad. It's the perfect setting for a movie about lifelong hatreds, suffocating memory, and lingering regrets. And though Teems' story holds few surprises, his sociologist's eye, combined with Holbrook's subtle multiplicity, turns what could have been a clichéd exercise into a nuanced portrait of life in the rural South. (That Evening Sun won a Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.)


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