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Kodi Smit-McPhee’s ‘Slow West’ Bought by A24, DirecTV for U.S.

A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Maclean’s directorial debut “Slow West,” starring “Dawn of Planet of the Apes” star Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.

“Slow West” will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

The film, set at the end of the 19th century, follows the story of a 16-year-old, played by Smit-McPhee, as he journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler; Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.

Fassbender and Maclean worked together previously on two short films — “Man on a Motorcycle” and “Pitch Black Heist.”

“Slow West” is produced by Fassbender’s partner Conor McCaughan of DMC Film, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films. It’s the first project to be produced by DMC Film.

The film was developed by Film4 and co-financed by Film4, the BFI, the New Zealand Film Commission and Fulcrum Media Finance. HanWay Films handled worldwide sales.

A24 and DirecTV partnered previously on Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Jeff Baena’s directorial debut “Life After Beth,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan; and Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive.”

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