‘A Most Violent Year’ Gets New Year’s Eve Debut

A most violent Year

A24’s Awards season contender “A Most Violent Year” is the final film to open this year, launching Wednesday on New Year’s Eve.

It’s also the only film launching that day. Relativity’s “Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” opens on Friday as the first release of 2015.

Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year” will open at four theaters — Lincoln Square and Sunshine in New York City and the ArcLight and Landmark in Los Angeles. It will expand to the top 10 markets on Jan. 16, the day after Oscar nominations are announced, and will go nationwide on Jan. 30.

“A Most Violent Year” is set in New York City during the winter of 1981 — one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities amid violence, decay and corruption.

A24 acquired the rights to the film early this year. Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are co-financing “A Most Violent Year,” which is produced by Before the Door’s Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb, along with Chandor.

“A Most Violent Year” debuted Nov. 6 as the opening night film at the AFI fest. It won the best film award from the National Board of Review, with Isaac taking the best actor trophy and Chastain winning supporting actress.

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  1. OB says:

    Watched it thanks to the screener they sent and, frankly, I’m shocked that it’s not factoring more into the Awards conversations beyond Chastain. Isaac is fantastic, reminiscent of a young Pacino, and the film itself is just excellent.

    This season, for me, has been pretty mediocre with most of the big films proving to be… just ok… A Most Violent Year is a standout.

  2. I think Cake also gets a limited release that day, but I could be wrong.

  3. Paul says:

    It also won the Audience Award at the recent Whistler Film Festival.

  4. Jessica Chastain's cleavage > Amy Adams cleavage? says:

    So will it miss Oscar contention this year?! The rule used to be that it had to run for one week before year’s end, not one day.

    • Joyce Tyler says:

      No. It’s definitely in contention. It just has to be screened in cinemas in NY and L.A. with it’s first day on or before the last day of the year. And most AMPAS voters probably have already seen it, since it’s been screened for them at various events and screeners have already been sent out.

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