EXCLUSIVE: Lightning Entertainment has picked up international sales rights for AFM to Zeke and Simon Hawkins’ Toronto and Fantastic Fest entry We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

Submarine Entertainment holds all US rights to the thriller set in South Texas cotton country based on Dutch Southern’s screenplay.

Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman and Mackenzie Davis play best friends who unwittingly rob a gangster at the behest of a sociopathic cotton farmer. Mark Pellegrino and William Devane round out the key cast.

Rough and Tumble Films’ Justin Duprie and Brian Udovich produced We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.

Submarine’s Josh Braun negotiated the deal with Lightning acquisition and sales consultant Richard S Guardian and Lightning evp and general manager Ken DuBow.  

“The film is a total sleeper,” said Guardian and DuBow, who saw the film in Toronto and will screen it for buyers at AFM. “The craftsmanship and power of it just blows us away. We find it hard to believe that this is a first feature. “We’re proud to be introducing to Lightning’s clients the first film from two brothers whose names we are all going to be hearing quite often in the future.”

“The passion that the Lightning team have for our film is a great comfort, knowing that our first feature has been embraced by such caring partners,” added Zeke Hawkins.