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The Forgiven

Spotlight Narrative

US Premiere

FEATURE | UK | 117 MINUTES | English |



David (Ralph Fiennes) and Jo (Jessica Chastain) are a couple on the edge of divorce, taking a vacation to Morocco in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. However, their already-tense time takes a turn for the worse when they accidentally hit and kill a young boy. As the two split off to reckon with their actions, they find themselves coming to terms with their respective vices – David with his uncaring and vicious bigotry, and Jo with her unbearable compliance and repression. In these introspections, those around them will be left picking up the pieces.

Based on the novel by Lawrence Osborne, John Michael McDonagh returns with another brutal examination of how power corrupts morality. Fiennes and recent Academy Award® recipient Chastain give powerhouse performances amidst an eerie Moroccan backdrop. This dark satire is a powerful one that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Cara Cusumano

After the premiere screening: A Q&A with Writer, Director and Producer John Michael McDonagh, Producer and Editor Elizabeth “Lizzie” Eves, and cast members Jessica Chastain, Christopher Abbott, Abbey Lee and Mourad Zaoui


Directed by John Michael McDonagh

Writer, director and producer John Michael McDonagh made his debut with 2011’s BAFTA-nominated The Guard, the most successful independent Irish film ever. 2014's Calvary won Best Film in the Panorama of the Berlin International Film Festival. 2016's War On Everyone also premiered at Berlin and headlined SXSW.

John Michael McDonagh
John Michael McDonagh, Elizabeth Eves, Trevor Matthews, Nick Gordon
John Michael McDonagh
Larry Smith
Elizabeth Eves, Chris Gill
Lorne Balfe
Executive Producer
Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Jack Heller, Scott Veltri, Kimberly Fox, Donald Povieng, Ollie Madden, Daniel Battsek
Mark Lane, James Harris, Carter Stanton
Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Matt Smith, Saïd Taghmaoui, Caleb Landry Jones, Christopher Abbott


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