Director Ramin Bahrani’s film 99 Homes premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Set in Orlando in 2010, the film follows a single father (Andrew Garfield) who is an unemployed construction worker with Michael Shannon as the broker who evicts Garfield’s family from their home. In hopes of getting his home back, Garfield begins working for the greedy real estate broker ultimately sending him to the dark side.
The film is a response to the corrupt system in Florida. Bahrani said he was ‘made dizzy by the corruption’ in Florida’s foreclosure system and filming in Orlando was a deliberate choice because of “the juxtaposition of Disney and the harsh realities happening around it.”
Bahrani dedicated the film to the late Roger Ebert whom he was very close with. “People sitting in this room have to continue the fight he was pushing for all the time,” said Bahrani, “in America and internationally, for good cinema- cinema that is more than a selfie.”