American playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret) has become something of an underdog hero within the filmmaking industry over the course of the past couple of years. Getting his start by working closely with Martin Scorsese on the script for his directorial debut You Can Count on Me in 2000, Lonergan went on to work with Scorsese again in the writing of the script for Gangs of New York in 2002.
Since that time, Lonergan released the critically acclaimed and legally fraught original motion picture Margaret in 2011, which filmed in 2005 and remained in various stages of pre-production through 2010. Working closely with Scorsese once again in the editing of a three-hour-long cut that Lonergan was professionally and personally satisfied with, his second feature length film was finally released theatrically at 150 minutes, followed by a director’s cut home video release at 165 minutes. On that note, the trailer for his latest awards season contender Manchester by the Sea has just been released online.
In the footage featured above, distributors Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions teases viewers with a thrilling story soon to come in Manchester by the Sea about North Shore, Massachusetts native Joe Chandler (Casey Affleck) who is force to come back home after the tragic death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler). Faced with an unexpected turn of events, Joe finds himself the appointed legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) and reunited with his ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams).
Check out the official plot synopsis below:
The life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.
Given the all-star pedigree of its lead cast, most notably including Affleck (Triple 9), Chandler (Carol), and Williams (Oz the Great and Powerful), Lonergan’s latest awards season contender comes warmly recommended following its debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. After facing multiple lawsuits over the final cut to his last directorial effort, Manchester by the Sea might yet see the theatrical release from the critically acclaimed director that will finally manage to breakthrough to the mainstream.
Whether or not casual viewers will see Manchester by the Sea based on the merits of the trailer alone remains to be seen. That being said, Lonergan’s well groomed pedigree as a director’s director should provide his latest effort with more visibility come time of awards season later next year.
Manchester by the Sea will see theatrical release in the U.S. on November 18, 2016.
Source: Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions