“God’s Own Country” Takes “Brokeback” To The English Countryside

An English sheep herder's life changes forever with the arrival of a handsome Romanian farmhand.

This year is shaping up to be a memorable one for LGBT cinema. With festival breakout hits like Call Me By Your Name, BPM and Beach Rats garnering awards season buzz, now there’s another movie for film lovers to add to their must-see list this fall: God’s Own Country.

Shot on the Yorkshire moors, Francis Lee’s directorial debut tells the story of an isolated young sheep farmer (Josh O’Connor) who numbs himself with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant (Alec Secareanu) worker sparks an unexpected romance.

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God’s Own Country is being called the “British Brokeback” because of the similarities of the stories (complete with a “spit for lube” sex scene). But some critics are even calling God’s Own Country better than the Oscar-winning film from Ang Lee.

“While the commercial success of Brokeback was a milestone for gay films, many gay viewers took issue with the fate of its star-crossed lovers. Without giving too much away, God’s Own Country mostly avoids such pitfalls,” wrote IndieWire, after the Sundance premiere earlier this year.

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In June, Francis Lee’s debut won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature at the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival and it also won the Teddy Award for Best LGBT film at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Could God’s Own Country continue its winning streak through the rest of the year and become competition for Call Me By Your Name come Oscar season? Only time will tell, but mark your calendars for October 27 when the film hits U.S. theaters.

Watch the sexually-charged—and beautiful—trailer below.

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