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Sundance News: Participant Media and AFFRM Acquire 'Middle of Nowhere'

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by Maggie Lange
January 27, 2012 7:32 PM
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Participant Media and AFFRM have acquired US rights to Ana DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere." The director's sophomore film is an understated emotional drama chronicling a woman's separation from her incarcerated husband. At the end of her husband's eight-year sentence, she begins to confront her own identity crisis.  (The short teaser trailer is posted below and here.)

Reviews of the drama are positive; despite its slow pace, critics praise an intelligent and powerful script and beautiful performances from Emayatzy Corinealdi as well as Omari Hardwick.

The Hollywood Reporter:

"Performances are strong across the board here, and the picture's solid, understated visuals ground the story further. The pace feels leaden on occasion, but that's hardly inappropriate for a film about lives interrupted by a five- to eight-year prison sentence."

Shadow and Act:

"It's an unfortunate testament of the time we live in when a film that takes an adult, mature, sincere, if realistic look at relationships between black men and black women could be viewed as dare I say radical."

Variety:

"Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses, "Middle of Nowhere" seems neither here nor there in charting a young Los Angeles woman's uncertainty."

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