LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A24's Awards season contender "A Most Violent Year" is the final film to open this year, launching Wednesday on New Year's Eve.
It's also the only film launching that day. Relativity's "Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" opens on Friday as the first release of 2015.
Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, "A Most Violent Year" will open at four theaters -- Lincoln Square and Sunshine in New York City and the ArcLight and Landmark in Los Angeles. It will expand to the top 10 markets on Jan. 16, the day after Oscar nominations are announced, and will go nationwide on Jan. 30.
"A Most Violent Year" is set in New York City during the winter of 1981 -- one of the most violent years in the city's history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities amid violence, decay and corruption.
A24 acquired the rights to the film early this year. Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are co-financing "A Most Violent Year," which is produced by Before the Door's Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films' Anna Gerb, along with Chandor.
"A Most Violent Year" debuted Nov. 6 as the opening night film at the AFI fest. It won the best film award from the National Board of Review, with Isaac taking the best actor trophy and Chastain winning supporting actress.