Participant Media and AFFRM have acquired US rights to Ana DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere." The director's sophomore film is an understated emotional drama chronicling a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband. At the end of her husband's eight-year sentence, she begins to confront her own identity crisis. (The short teaser trailer is posted below and here.)
Reviews of the drama are positive; despite its slow pace, critics praise an intelligent and powerful script and beautiful performances from Emayatzy Corinealdi as well as Omari Hardwick.
"Performances are strong across the board here, and the picture's solid, understated visuals ground the story further. The pace feels leaden on occasion, but that's hardly inappropriate for a film about lives interrupted by a five- to eight-year prison sentence."
"It's an unfortunate testament of the time we live in when a film that takes an adult, mature, sincere, if realistic look at relationships between black men and black women could be viewed as dare I say radical."
"Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses, "Middle of Nowhere" seems neither here nor there in charting a young Los Angeles woman's uncertainty."