The people behind Steve McQueen’s Shame smartly toured the film around every major film festival over the last two weeks starting in Venice and ending in Toronto. Not only did this result in massive critical praise and Oscar buzz for its star, Michael Fassbender, but it also secured distribution by the Awards friendly Fox Searchlight.
Shame tells the story of 30-something sex addict who is forced to confront his promiscuous ways when his younger sister comes to live with him in New York City. Fassbender stars and Carey Mulligan plays his sister. The script is penned by McQueen and Abi Morgan.
During the Venice Film Festival, Guy Lodge of In Contention gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars calling it “most powerfully a film of absence.” Other critics were similarly praiseworthy and the film played well enough to earn Fassbender the Best Actor prize in Venice.
A tw0-minute clip from the film has appeared online via The Playlist wherein we see a glimpse of some of Fassbender’s acting chops. He is not given much dialogue and instead does most of his communication non-verbally with one of the actresses in the bar. Check it out below and as always, share your thoughts!
Shame still has a TBA U.S. release date, but will be coming out this Fall.