Archive of films The Greatest / The Greatest

2008, 99 min

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Year: 2009

Susan Sarandon, Pierce Brosnan, and the talented Carey Mulligan star in a psychological drama about a family whose calm suburban life is suddenly jarred by the tragic death of a son. This noteworthy, mature debut garnered critical and popular recognition at January’s Sundance festival.


The calm suburban life of the well-situated Brewer family is unexpectedly turned upside down by the shocking death of the elder son Bennett. Father, mother, and younger brother try to cope with the sudden loss of a loved one each in his or her own way. Then the voluntary isolation of their parallel worlds is "disturbed” by Bennett’s new girlfriend. She is determined to find out more about the young man with whom she shared a brief but fervid romance. Without slipping into superficial sentimentality, debut director Shana Feste has shot an unexpectedly mature study about coping with pain. Her intense psychological investigation under the seemingly idyllic surface of a middle-class family was inspired by Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning drama Ordinary People. The superb Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan as the parents meet their acting match in one of the most talented contemporary actresses, Brit Carey Mulligan.

About the director

Shana Feste, screenwriter and director, was praised by critics and enthusiastic audiences alike at this year’s Sundance festival for her feature debut The Greatest (for which Pierce Brosnan, one of the stars of the film, also served as executive producer). Currently, she has a movie adaptation of the novel You’re Not You in the works, to be shot for actress Hilary Swank and producer Molly Smith’s production company 2S Films.


Bontonfilm, a.s.
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Kimmel International
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About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Out of Competition
Director: Shana Feste
Screenplay: Shana Feste
Dir. of Photography: John Bailey
Music: Christophe Beck
Editor: Cara Silverman
Producer: Lynette Howell, Beau St. Clair
Production: Silverwood Films, Barbarian Films
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons, Aaron Johnson, Michael Shannon
Contact: Bontonfilm, a.s., Kimmel International
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.


Shana Feste

Film Director

Aleš Danielis


Marek Jeníček

Distributor, Producer

Petr Slavík

Distributor, PR & Marketing


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