The Yellow Birds (film)

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The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Alexandre Moors
Produced by Mark Canton
Courtney Solomon
Jeffrey Sharp
Karim Debbagh
Kristin Hahn
Screenplay by David Lowery
R.F.I. Porto
Based on The Yellow Birds
by Kevin Powers
Starring Tye Sheridan
Alden Ehrenreich
Jack Huston
Jennifer Aniston
Toni Collette
Music by Adam Wiltzie
Cinematography Daniel Landin
Edited by Joe Klotz
Cinelou Films
Echo Films
Story Mining & Supply Co.
Release date
  • January 21, 2017 (2017-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Yellow Birds is a 2017 American war film directed by Alexandre Moors and based on the novel The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston, and Toni Collette. It premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017.[1]


Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.



David Lowery first adapted the book into a screenplay and was originally tapped to direct, but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict with Pete's Dragon. Once Alexandre Moors replaced Lowery as director, Moors Blue Caprice screenwriter R.F.I. Porto was brought on to revise the script. Benedict Cumberbatch and Will Poulter were originally cast but they dropped out after the project was delayed and were replaced by Jack Huston and Alden Ehrenreich.[2]

It was first presented during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017[3], it will be screened in September, during the Deauville American Film Festival[4] and in October, during the Hamptons International Film Festival[5].


Principal photography on the film began in October 2015 in Morocco,[6][7][8][9] and it wrapped up on January 29, 2016.[10]


Academy Award nominee Joe Klotz is the editor of the movie. Academy Award winner Ann Roth is the costume designer.


The title song for The Yellow Birds was written by rock star John Mellencamp.[11]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2017 2017 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Cinematography Daniel Landin Won
Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Alexandre Moors Nominated
2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience Award Alexandre Moors Nominated
2017 Hamptons International Film Festival Special presentations None
Not competiting
2017 Deauville American Film Festival "Les Premières" Alexandre Moors
Not competiting


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