Last Days in the Desert

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Last Days in the Desert
Last Days in the Desert poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRodrigo García
Produced byBonnie Curtis
Julie Lynn
Wicks Walker
Written byRodrigo García
StarringEwan McGregor
Tye Sheridan
Ciarán Hinds
Ayelet Zurer
Music byDanny Bensi
Saunder Jurriaans
CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki
Edited byMatt Maddox
Division Films
Mockingbird Pictures
Distributed byBroad Green Pictures
Release date
  • January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) (Sundance)
  • May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13) (United States)
  • Limited (Limited)
Running time
98 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Last Days in the Desert is an American drama film about the temptation of Christ, directed and written by Rodrigo García. It stars Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015, and began a limited theatrical release on May 13, 2016.[2]


Last Days in the Desert follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with Satan over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.[3]



On February 1, 2014, the cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki told Deadline that he is going to work on a film in the desert with his friend Rodrigo García and Ewan McGregor. He said "It's a tiny little beautiful, extraordinary script that Rodrigo wrote that we’re going to shoot for five weeks."[4] On February 5, 2014 two actors, Ewan McGregor and Tye Sheridan, joined the film cast. McGregor plays the dual roles of a holy man and a demon.[5] The film is written and directed by Rodrigo García, while Division Films and Mockingbird Pictures produced the film.[5] Ayelet Zurer and Ciarán Hinds play the roles of Sheridan's character's parents.[6] The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[7] The movie was shot at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the Colorado Desert of Southern California.

The film was awarded the Dolby Family fellowship, a grant that allows filmmakers to finish their sound design and mix in Dolby Atmos.[8] Sound Designers and Re-recording mixers J.M. Davey and Zach Seivers completed the original sound design and mix as well as the Dolby Atmos remix. Skip Lievsay, who won the Academy Award for Best Sound for his work on Gravity, served as a mentor to Davey and Seivers for the Atmos remix.[9]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 75% approval rating based on 56 reviews. The consensus is: "Last Days in the Desert offers enough stately grandeur and spiritual exploration to offset an occasionally ambiguous narrative."[10] On Metacritic, the film achieved an average score of 68 out of 100 based on 19 reviews, signifying "generally favorable reviews".[11]


  1. ^ "Sundance Institute". Sundance. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Broad Green Sets 2016 Dates For 'Infiltrator', 'Last Days In The Desert' & 'Dark Horse'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Ewan McGregor's Jesus Movie 'Last Days in the Desert' Sells to Broad Green". TheWrap. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  4. ^ Yamato, Jen (1 February 2014). "'Gravity's Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Feature Film Honor". Deadline. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b McClintock, Pamela (5 February 2014). "Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan Set to Star in 'Last Days in the Desert'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan on 'Last Days in the Desert'". Variety. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  7. ^ Labrecque, Jeff (9 December 2014). "See Ewan McGregor as Jesus in Sundance exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Second Dolby Family Sound Fellowship goes to "Last Days in the Desert"". Dolby. January 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Walden, Jennifer (2016). "Capturing, creating sounds for 'Last Days in the Desert'". postPerspective. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Last Days in the Desert (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Last Days in the Desert". Metacritic. Retrieved June 7, 2015.

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