Premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “C.O.G.” tells the story of a recent Yale graduate who deviates from his parents’ plan for him and ventures to an Oregon apple farm to pick fruit. “The Cider House Rules,” this is not. “C.O.G.” is based on one of David Sedaris’ short stories included in his 1997 anthology, “Naked,” and carries a quirkier tone than the 1999 John Irving adaptation. Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn said the film “is like a collage of Americana from the perspective of someone incapable of comprehending its value,” when he reviewed it at Sundance in January.
These traits certainly shine through in the film’s first poster, revealed exclusively to Indiewire below. That’s the film’s lead, Jonathan Groff, with an apple on his head, a sweater over his checkered button down, and a concerned look on his face. Though Kohn praised Groff’s work as “enjoyably awkward,” the most intriguing name on the one sheet most likely belongs to Corey Stoll. The show-stealing thespian is best known as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and as the addiction-plagued gubernatorial candidate Pete Russo in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Here he plays Curly, a friend of our protagonist who may have a few secrets of his own.
Take a look at the poster below and check back soon for the film’s trailer. “C.O.G.” hits theaters September 20, exactly eight months after its premiere in Park City.