Beasts of No Nation (film)

Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American war drama film written, co-produced, shot, and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. It follows a young boy who becomes a child soldier as his country experiences a horrific civil war. Shot in Ghana and starring Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh, and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, the film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala,[4] the book itself being named after a Fela Kuti album.

Beasts of No Nation
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCary Joji Fukunaga
Screenplay byCary Joji Fukunaga
Based onBeasts of No Nation
by Uzodinma Iweala
Produced by
  • Amy Kaufman
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Riva Marker
  • Jeffrey Skoll
  • Daniel Crown
  • Idris Elba
  • Uzodinma Iweala
CinematographyCary Joji Fukunaga
Edited by
  • Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
  • Pete Beaudreau
Music byDan Romer
Distributed by
Release dates
  • September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03) (Venice)
  • October 16, 2015 (2015-10-16) (Worldwide)
Running time
138 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$6 million[2]
Box office$90,777[3]

It was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival,[5][6] where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award.[7] The film was shown in the Special Presentation section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival,[8] and released on Netflix globally and in a limited release by Bleecker Street on October 16, 2015.[9]

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