One of the most anticipated movies of the year is also one of the most under-the-radar. That’s because the only people who really know what to expect from Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation are the ones lucky enough to have caught it Sundance, where it became a runaway sensation en route to sweeping the festival’s top prizes.
The film tells the real-life story of Nat Turner, a preacher who was forced to work against his fellow slaves by his masters, before ultimately leading a rebellion against them.
The trailer leaves little to the imagination, as it depicts Turner as a child, all the way to the film’s bloody climax, and the atrocities he witnessed and absorbed along the way. Though it’s still months away from its October 7 release date, The Birth of a Nation is already a frontrunner for next year’s Oscars, and not just as an antidote to last year’s diversity problem.
With The Birth of a Nation, Parker has crafted a soulful, insightful, and totally visceral depiction of one of the nation’s most crucial turning points, and he did it on a shoestring budget, too. The fact that Fox Searchlight spent a whopping $17.5 million on the film’s rights tells you all you need to know. Without a doubt, The Birth of a Nation is one of the must-see movie events of the year.
Watch the full trailer, above.