Hot off the buzz of the Oscar nominated A Fantastic Woman, director Sebastián Lelio is wasting no time in getting his next picture out on the screen. The Chilean director has already completed his follow up which is also his first English language film with Disobedience, a drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. Having already premiered at last year’s Toronto Internation Film Festival, Disobedience is riding a wave of buzz that might just propel Lelio into the upper echelon of filmmakers working today.
Disobedience takes place at the fraught intersection of religion and sexuality. Ronit (Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish family following the death of her father. However, her past sins which were rooted in an infatuation with a childhood friend have left her an outcast for the deeply devout family. Upon returning, Ronit rediscovers that passion that her family tried to squash when she’s reunited with that old friend, Esti (McAdams), who has since married Rabbi Dovid Kuperman (Alessandro Nivola). Disobedience looks to be a powerful tale of forbidden love under the onerous watch of religious orthodoxy.
Today has unofficially been Rachel McAdams trailer day here at FanboyNation, and the two movies couldn’t seem more different if you tried — the other being the outrageous comedy of Game Night. Bleeker Street will be dropping Disobedience into theaters on April 27, 2018, and with two of this generation’s most talented actresses and a director whose career is on the rise it looks like Disobedience is going to be a can’t miss work of cinema.
The official synopsis for Disobedience:
From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.