Rotterdam: Tom Harper's 'War Book,' J.C. Chandor's 'A Most Violent Year' Bookend Fest

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'War Book' will open Rotterdam on Jan. 21, while 'A Most Violent Year' will close the Dutch fest Feb. 1

Tom Harper's political thriller War Book and J.C. Chandor's capitalist critique A Most Violent Year will bookend the 2015 International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

War Book, starring Ben Chaplin, Sophie Okonedo, Phoebe Fox and Shaun Evans, will open Rotterdam on Jan. 21 in its international premiere.

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The drama is set in a near future in which a nuclear attack has devastated the United Kingdom. The film's action follows the inner workings of the British government as it tries to react to the catastrophe.

War Book premiered at the London Film Festival last October. Harper and War Book screenwriter Jack Thorne will attend Rotterdam to present the film.

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A Most Violent Year, which will close Rotterdam on Feb. 1, is Chandor's follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Margin Call and All Is Lost. The drama is set in New York in 1981 and stars Oscar Isaac as an ambitious immigrant who is trying to protect his business and family as crime in the city rages out of control. Jessica Chastain co-stars. A Most Violent Year premiered at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles in November.

Outgoing Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson called War Book an ideal film to open the Dutch festival, saying it was a "topical and relevant film that fits perfectly with the contemporary issues we are exploring and debating at IFFR 2015." Wolfson called Chandor's A Most Violent Year "a beautiful film made by a hugely talented and ambitious auteur."

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