Award Screening: Best Screenplay, US Narrative Competition: Abundant Acreage Available
From writer/director Angus MacLachlan and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, Abundant Acreage Available tells the story of a family in flux. Still reeling over the recent death of their father, brother and sister Jesse & Tracy (Terry Kinney & Amy Ryan) are attempting to settle into their new lives in his absence. Their quiet and simple existence is unexpectedly disrupted by the sudden arrival of three mysterious brothers, camping on their land and possessing a surprising connection to their family farm. The two sets of siblings are set on a direct collision course that will change all of their lives, for better or for worse. Tackling complicated issues of family legacies, and anchored by an amazing set of performances, the film is a brilliant showcase for all involved. With a marvelously nuanced screenplay, the sophomore film by Tribeca alum MacLachlan (Goodbye to All That) revels in its deceptive simplicity, cementing him as a major talent in contemporary U.S. cinema.