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Morrisa Maltz’s SXSW Drama “The Unknown Country” Lands at Music Box, Lily Gladstone Stars

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Music Field Movies has acquired the North American rights to Morrisa Maltz’s  “The Unknown Country,” a press launch introduced. “Certain Women” actress Lily Gladstone stars as Tana, a bereaved younger girl embarking on a solitary odyssey by the American Midwest in the direction of the Texas-Mexico border.

Upon receiving a last-minute invitation to her cousin’s wedding ceremony, Tana units off on an impromptu highway journey from Minneapolis to Spearfish, South Dakota. Set towards the backdrop of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, she should negotiate the advanced political zeitgeist within the fallout of Trump’s victory whereas shifting by an “increasingly surreal” pure panorama, per the movie’s synopsis. 

“We’re so excited to continue our film’s incredible journey with Music Box,” Maltz stated in a press release. “Partnering with a distributor that has such a sincere love and passion for daring independent cinema is so important for a film like ours. We could not be more thrilled to work with their talented and exceptionally creative team to bring ‘The Unknown Country’ to audiences next year.”

Brian Andreotti, Music Field Movies’ head of selling, added, “Morrisa’s lyrical road movie blurs the lines separating documentary and fiction filmmaking in really innovative ways. Lily Gladstone’s soulful performance enriches this cinematic postcard from the backroads and highways connecting middle America’s diverse voices and varied landscapes.”

“The Unknown Country” made its world premiere at SXSW earlier this 12 months. 

Along with starring, Gladstone additionally penned the script alongside Maltz, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, and Vanara Taing (“The Lego Batman Movie”). 

Gladstone’s supporting function in 2016’s “Certain Women” landed her nominations from the Gotham Awards and Indie Spirit Awards. She reunited with Reichardt on 2019’s “First Cow.” Her upcoming slate consists of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” against the law drama revisiting how members of the Osage tribe had been murdered underneath mysterious circumstances.

Maltz beforehand helmed “Ingrid,” a doc which she took residence the Grand Jury Prize on the 2018 Pink Rock Movie Pageant. It follows Ingrid Gipson, who absconded from her life as a socialite and designer to steer a self-sufficient, reclusive life within the woods. She additionally directed “Odyssea,” a 2014 comedic brief a couple of younger girl who returns to her hometown to pursue a personal enterprise with actual and imagined inhabitants.

“The Unknown Country” is screening at Mill Valley Movie Fest October 9 and can launch in theaters and VOD subsequent 12 months.

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