As Americans prepare to close the door on summer with a three-day Labor Day weekend of barbeques, parties, travel and general fun-in-the-sun, Netflix is doing its part to let them know how good they have it by releasing new trailer for its upcoming original feature “Beasts of No Nation.”
Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective,” “Sin Nombre”), the film tells the story of Agu (newcomer Abraham Attah), a boy in an unnamed African country whose parents are killed and is subsequently taken under the wing of a war lord (Idris Elba, “Luther,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”), who turns him into a child soldier. It is adapted from the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala.
While Labor Day marks the end of summer for most Americans, it’s also the unofficial kick off of awards seasons for industryites, with a string of high-profile film festivals that this year will prominently feature “Beasts of No Nation.” The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, and it will screen at the Telluride Film Festival (Sept. 4–7), the Toronto Film Festival (Sept 10–20) and the London Film Festival (Oct. 7–18).
The film will open theatrically in the art house cinema chain Landmark in the U.S. on Oct. 16 and debut worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the streaming service is available on the same day.