Cold in July

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Jim Mickle's Sundance thriller "Cold in July," starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard. The Dramatic Competition contender will open in theaters and on VOD this summer. The film marks Mickle's follow-up to his acclaimed remake of "We Are What We Are," that also played at Sundance.

Here's the plot per IFC Films:

"Cold in July" asks the question: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when Freddy's ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

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Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films said: "Jim Mickle is a major talent who has just delivered his best film yet and IFC Films could not be more excited to bring it to the large audience it so richly deserves."