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Rated PG-13 · 99 minutes · 2016

Drama
In this meditative art film, writer-director Rodrigo García imagines a key episode in the life of Jesus from both a spiritual and a psychological perspective. Ewan McGregor stars as Yeshua, the Jewish teacher of historical record, as well as the demon that torments Yeshua during his extended fast in the desert. Gaunt, exhausted, and disoriented, Yeshua encounters an isolated carpenter (Ciarán Hinds), his ailing wife (Ayelet Zurer), and their rebellious son (Tye Sheridan)—a family that resembles Yeshua's own—and in trying to resolve their conflicts, he rethinks his mission of salvation, discovering the value of riddling parables, and confronts his own despair about the remoteness of his heavenly father. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who used only available light, imbues the rugged landscape with an otherworldly majesty.
Official Site: www.lastdaysinthedesert.com
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
Producer: Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Wicks Walker, Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Erik Lokkesmoe, Corby Pons, Paige Dunham, Jason Walker, Abby Berman, Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, Tye Sheridan and Susan Gray

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