Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., the filmmaking team behind such genre hits as I’ll Take Your Dead, Let Her Out, and Antisocial, have released the official trailer and poster for their newest collaboration, The Oak Room, ahead of next week's Cannes virtual market.
In the film, "During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night’s events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double crosses and shocking violence."
The character-driven and dramatic thriller is said to blend the rural isolation of No Country For Old Men with the small town, gothic claustrophobia of Frailty.
Director Cody Calahan teamed up with writer Peter Genoway to adapt Genoway’s stage play The Oak Room into the feature-length film. The original stage production took home first-place honors at the Toronto Fringe Festival in the prestigious “New Play Contest” category while also being selected as a Patron’s Pick (Theatre Passe Muraille’s top box office earner).
"The Oak Room became more and more of a personal project for me after each step of development," explains Calahan. "My son was born right before we went to camera and a lot of the stories in the film revolve around the relationships that exist between fathers and sons. At each stage of the process, I found myself reflecting on what the mystery of this story truly meant to me. I’m excited to see how it will connect with different audiences out there and what people will take away from it."
The film stars RJ Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), Peter Outerbridge (Suicide Squad, "V-Wars") and Ari Millen ("Orphan Black", I’ll Take Your Dead), with Martin Roach (The Shape of Water, Diary of the Dead, "The Expanse"), David Ferry (The Boondock Saints, Legion, "Hell on Wheels"), Nicholas Campbell ("Black Mirror", Antiviral, Da Vinci’s Inquest) and Amos Crawley (The Virgin Suicides, "Private Eyes").
The Oak Room comes to the Cannes’ upcoming virtual film market "Marche du Film," where first viewings of the film will be taking place on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020.
Check out the trailer along with some stills and poster art below.