New York, 1981. Abel Morales, an ambitious immigrant, tries to expand his oil sales company business during the most crime-ridden years in New York City’s history. He gets his chance when he purchases a fuel oil terminal on the East River, but an investigation and a series of thefts of his trucks threaten to destroy everything he has worked for. Abel and his wife, Anna, have to struggle against a rising tide of violence, corruption and decadence to make their American dream come true.
"This movie’s obviously structured like an old 1930s gangster film. You’ve got the femme fatale sort of brushing her hair in the opening scene and the Jewish money lender. I’m hitting these sort of sign posts that are almost genre elements, but my hope is that the film is doing something that’s very different, that it still is giving you the thrills and the highs and the lows, but it’s actually about something that is really a dissection of our relationship with violence and its escalation." [J. C. Chandor]
J. C. Chandor grew up near New York and in London. Married to the painter Mary Cameron Goodyear, he attended film courses in film studies in Ohio and at NYU. Along with television documentaries and countless commercials; his credits include a six-part concert film series featuring Sting, Elton John, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Beck; and the three-part documentary series In Pills We Trust (2002) for Discovery Europe. Chandor made his directorial debut in 2004 with the short Despacito, before directing the feature film Margin Call, which was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay and competed at Courmayeur in 2011. Two years later he made All is Lost, a film that won Alex Ebert a Golden Globe for Best Original Score. Among the numerous prizes received by A Most Violent Year in 2015, the film earned Jessica Chastain a Golden Globe nomination in the best supporting actress category.