Almost a decade has passed since Krisha last had contact with her family. Her life hasn’t been an easy ride, but she just might have everything under control and found inner peace, which makes it the perfect moment to reunite with her family and show gratefulness to her relatives for their support. It almost seems that no grudge is held against Krisha for her absence and the rough times in the past. Krisha wants to celebrate this day preparing the best Thanksgiving feast of their lives. Unfortunately, shortly after arriving amongst her siblings, cracks start to show. Will this Thanksgiving dinner be the one they have been hoping for? Krisha will need to face her fears, her weakness and her guilt in front of her whole family.
In his debut feature film, Trey Edward Shults depicts a family matter, both because of the storyline and the cast featuring many of his relatives. In the eponymous lead role, his aunt plays Krisha. His mother and grandmother also appear in the film, realised on a very tight budget. What’s more, Shults tries to shake off the ghosts of real-life past addiction and alcoholism in his family. Shults’ approach to these matters is authentic, intimate and intense. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW in 2015, the Fipresci Award at the 2015 Reykjavík International Film Festival and official selection at the 2015 Critics’ Week in Cannes, Shults filmmaking techniques have certainly paid off.
SXSW 2015: Audience Award and Grand Jury Award
Cannes 2015: Critics Week Grand Prize
Deauville Film Festival 2015: Critics Award
Independent Spirit Awards 2016: Nominated John Cassavetes Award
Nashville Film Festival 2015: New Directors Competition