'Promised Land' looks for awards at Berlin film festival

By Vanessa Frith,

The creators and actors of Promised Land are searching for an audience abroad at the Berlin film festival.

The film, which focuses on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and the disparity between its economic and environmental impacts, is in the running for the 63rd Berlinale's Golden Bear award.

Starring and written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, Promised Land made only $7.6 million in the month since its release, according to The Daily Star.

"It didn't get the reception that I would have hoped for but that happens sometimes," Damon told The Daily Star. "I've had movies bomb worse than this one and then make their money back later."

According to The Daily Star, Damon cites the difficulties issue movies face in funding and screening.

"What we really wanted to do was make a movie about American identity," Damon told the Associated Press. "The actual issue itself was secondary to wanting to explore where we are right now, how we make big decisions."

The Golden Bear prize will be announced on Feb. 16.



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