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Blue Ruin

Jeremy Saulnier
USA 2013 / 90’

Dwight, an outsider living in a rundown Pontiac, discovers that his parents’ killer has been granted an early release from prison. He decides to return home to seek revenge and to protect his estranged family. Given that Dwight is inconspicuous, incompetent, and far from a professional killer, he carries out his plan in such a slow, chaotic, and clumsy fashion that, at one point, both parties in the conflict are unsure of what is going on ... In the context of events in the United States, where the frequency of incidents involving readily available weapons is increasing at an unimaginable pace, Jeremy Saulnier’s film takes on a new interpretive dimension. Despite being full of images of brutality, the filmmaker wants to avoid associations with the type of gore films made by Eli Roth. Filmed nearly entirely in Saulnier’s home state of Virginia, Blue Ruin has some scenes of situational humor, but the director has produced an atmospheric film that is largely a psychological thriller with art-house esthetics.

Anna Tatarska


Cannes IFF 2013 - Director's Fortnight - FIPRESCI Prize; Gijon IFF 2013 - Best Director

Jeremy Saulnier

Jeremy Saulnier is from Alexandria, Virginia. He studied at New York’s Tisch School of the Arts. He wrote, directed, and did the cinematography for the short film Crabwalk, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance. His debut feature film, the comic horror Murder Party, garnered enthusiasm from among fans of the genre. His follow-up, Blue Ruin, has also made an impression on critics, winning a FIPRESCI at Cannes. Saulnier is also a camera operator who has often worked with Matt Porterfield (I Used to Be Darker), among others.


1998 Goldfarb (short)

2004 Crabwalk (short)

2007 Murder Party

2013 Blue Ruin

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Cast & Crew

director Jeremy Saulnier
screenplay Jeremy Saulnier
cinematography Jeremy Saulnier
editing Julia Bloch
music Brooke Blaire, Will Blair
cast Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Werzner, Stacy Rock, Sidne Anderson
producer Anish Savjani, Richard Peete, Vincent Savino
production Filmscience, Neighborhood Watch
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour