Programme

Mass

Fran Kranz

Etats-Unis , 2021 / 110 min / English OV with French subtitles / Drama

Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents agree to meet in a small-town church in an attempt to move forward. 

The film provides an examination of their journey of grief, anger, and acceptance by coming face-to-face with the ones who have been left behind. This story serves as an example on how restorative justice can be put in place to overcome traumatic losses and can be ultimately considered as a reflection on American society.

“I wanted to explore themes of forgiveness, grief, loss, reconciliation, and ultimately the power of human connection. How does forgiveness work? Is it the best answer to grief?  Does it help its participants equally? Is there a selfish aspect to it, a transactional aspect? And is there a greater process in achieving reconciliation? I also wanted to explore grief and how it stays with you and doesn’t really ever leave, but just changes.” Director’s statement, Fran Kranz

Screenings
Fri 11/03 19:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg ENG OV with FR.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004302?locationFilters=LFFKI&dateTime...

“The strongest performances you’ll see this year.” Jessica Kiang, The Playlist, 30/01/2021

“Knocks the wind right out of you and lingers in your mind for days.” Teo Bugbee, The New York Times, 07/10/2021

“The strikingly moving and sensationally acted MASS is ready to take on the upcoming awards season.” Clayton Davis, Variety, 12/07/2021

“An absorbingly intimate and honest film about the conversations that Americans can't have.” David Ehrlich, Indie Wire, 30/01/2021

“Four incredible performances from four incredible character actors.” Dan Mecca, The Film Stage, 30/01/2021

“Intense, moving and thought-provoking.” Pete Hammond, Deadline, 30/01/2021

“An impressively bracing debut, strikingly effective.” Benjamin Lee, The Guardian, 30/01/2021

“A drama of searing intimacy that trades the political for the personal.” David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 30/01/2021

“By the end you feel you’ve touched the burning core of something real.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 30/01/2021

“Accomplished, wrenching, a cathartic viewing with exceptional writing and performances.” Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily, 30/01/2021

“Incredible. Powerful. Stunning. The highlight of this year's Sundance. An awards player down the line." Joey Magidson, Award Radars, 30/01/2021

Awards
  • Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2021 (USA)
  • Youth Audience Award, San Sebastian Film Festival, 2021 (Spain)
  • Audience Award, Flash Forward Section, Busan Film Festival, 2021 (South Korea)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Jason Isaacs, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney, Martha Plimpton
Screenplay 
Fran Kranz
Cinematographer 
Ryan Jackson-Healy
Montage 
Yang-Hua Hu
Music 
Darren Morze
Production 
7 Eccles Street
Distribution 
Kinology
Biography

Fran Kranz is born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Yale University. He began his career as a film, TV and Broadway actor and he became known for his role in the series Dollhouse (2009-2011), and later in the horror classic Cabin in the Woods (2012).
Mass is his directorial debut. 

Filmography
  • 2021 - Mass