Alchemy and ARC Entertainment have acquired worldwide rights to the coming-of-age drama “A Country Called Home,” which stars Imogen Poots (“Green Room”) and Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), the companies announced on Wednesday.
The film serves as the directorial debut of Anna Axster, who co-wrote the script with Jim Beggarly.
ARC Entertainment and Alchemy will be releasing “A Country Called Home” in theaters on Feb. 26 and VOD on March 1. The movie first premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival.
Mary McCormack (“The West Wing”) and Oscar-nominated actress June Squibb (“Nebraska”) co-star alongside Shea Whigham (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Josh Helman (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) and Oscar/Grammy winner Ryan Bingham (“Crazy Heart”), who also created the original music and score for the film.
“A Country Called Home” tells the story of Ellie (Poots), a young woman living in Los Angeles who learns that her estranged alcoholic father has died. Having had no contact with him since childhood, she’s reluctant to make the effort to attend his funeral, but something draws her to the dusty corner of Texas where he spent the last years of his life.
At first dismayed by the small town vibe, she’s soon intrigued by the people she meets, among them a distraught stepmother, her apprehensive son, a gutsy young musician and a set of doting grandparents she’s never met. As she finds glimpses of the father she once knew, she also discovers a new attitude towards friendship, loyalty, and family.
The film was produced by Nicolas Gonda (“The Tree of Life”) and Jason Netter (“Wanted”), and executive produced by Tucker Moore (“Sweetwater”) and Alec Jhangiani (“The Tree of Life”).