I know it seems a little premature to say this, but Tyrannosaur may be competing for best film of the festival this year. The film follows a man overflowing with violence and rage, who finds redemption in the form a religious woman that takes pity on him and in the process creates an unlikely companionship. Peter Mullan is astonishing as Joseph in role that should have been recognized for its greatness during this year’s award ceremony but was controversially absent. It is still beyond me why no larger studio (the film is being distributed by indie Strand Releasing) had the cajones to pick up this hard to swallow but sensational piece of filmmaking. Mullan’s raw performance of an enraged widower who seems to drink his life away day after day is some of the best work I have seen in a long while. Equal accolades should fall on the shoulders of Olivia Coleman as Hannah, a Christian store owner in which we learn shares a similar life of violence. Paddy Considine makes a remarkable feature-length directorial debut with this exploration of domestic abuse in the North of England. Based on his award-winning short film Dog Altogether, Tyrannosaur is a gut-wrenching portrayal of two strangers, who find solace in one another in order to escape the violence that consumes their daily lives.