By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 17, 2010 at 12:51PM
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt's western drama, "Meek's Cutoff." The film reunites the filmmakers and the distributor, who previously worked together distributing Reichardt's 2008 acclaimed "Wendy and Lucy." Recently screening at Venice and Toronto to much acclaim, "Cutoff" will release the film in the first half of 2011.
"Upgrading her production values without compromising her minimalist style," Eric Kohn wrote in the indieWIRE review of the film . "Kelly Reichardt has nonetheless made her most accessible movie with 'Meek's Cutoff,' a spare, defiantly unconventional western that traffics in atmosphere and the subversion of expectations rather than any kind of easy resolution. Patient but never boring, the story follows a trio of families in 1845, lost along the Oregon Trail under the lackluster guidance of an enigmatic mountain man. Shifting the focus from the rampant masculinity associated with most westerns to the isolation of the women in the group, Reichardt crafts a highly textured narrative that both invokes the mythology of the American frontier and cleverly transcends it."
"Cutoff" currently has a rare "A" level grade on indieWIRE's critic's poll of the Toronto Film Festival, one of the top scores.
"We're all super glad to be working with the Oscilloscope family again and we're looking forward to the ride," Reichardt said in a statement.
Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope stated: "It's hard to put words together that can convey how excited we are to work with Kelly and her team again. It is an honor to work with filmmakers of this caliber, especially given the fact that, through the process of releasing 'Wendy and Lucy,' we have become friends with them, so really I could not ask for more. As a side note, 'Meek's Cutoff' is so real feeling and looking that I suspect Kelly may have stolen our plans and completed work on a time-machine that we had been putting the finishing touches on, and that 'Meek's' is actually a documentary that she went back and shot in 1845. If anyone has any evidence to that effect, please contact me directly ASAP. My email address is email@example.com."
The film was produced by Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp. The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.