IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Julian Higgins’ feature debut God’s Country starring Thandiwe Newton following its world premiere at virtual Sundance 2022 last month.
Newton plays a troubled Black professor living and working in a rural college town in the American West who gets into an escalating feud when local hunters use her land to enter a forest.
Rounding out the key cast are Jeremy Bobb, Joris Jarsky, Jefferson White, Kai Lennox and Tanaya Beatty.
Higgins adapted the screenplay with Shaye Ogbonna from the short story by renowned crime writer James Lee Burke. Cold Iron Pictures CEO Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall produced with Halee Bernard and Higgins. Anthony Ciardelli and The Film Arcade’s Jason Beck served as executive producers.
IFC Films plans an autumn theatrical release. Scott Shooman, SVP of acquisitions and productions, negotiated the deal with Jessica Lacy of ICM Partners.