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Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’ to Open AFI Fest

The American Film Institute will open its AFI Fest with the Netflix film “Mudbound” on Nov. 9 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Directed by Dee Rees and co-written by Virgil Williams and Rees, the historical period drama stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, and Rob Morgan.

“‘Mudbound’ will launch eight exhilarating days of great movies, filmmakers and discovery in the heart of Hollywood,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of AFI Fest. “Emblematic of what AFI Fest is, director Dee Rees’ film is rich with cinematic artistry — exemplifying storytelling at its finest, on both an epic and a human scale.”

Mudbound” is set in the rural American South during World War II and focuses on two families pitted against one another by the social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

“Mudbound” will be in select theaters and on Netflix on Nov. 17.

Reviews have been stellar for the movie. Variety‘s Peter Debruge said in his review, ” “Mudbound” is a hymn to what we all share — the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children — and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress.”

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