Ahead of its Sundance Film Festival debut in January, “Slow West,” starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, has found a U.S. home at A24 and DIRECTV. The film will premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the festival, and comes from first-time feature filmmaker John Maclean. It will receive an exclusive video on demand release via DIRECTV; A24 will then open it in select theaters.
The official synopsis per the two companies: “Set at the end of the 19th Century, ‘Slow West’ follows the story of 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued along the way by an outlaw named Payne (Mendelsohn).”
Fassbender and Maclean previously worked together on two of the filmmaker’s short films: “Man on a Motorcyle” and the 2012 BAFTA-winning “Pitch Black Heist.”