Sony Pictures Classics has given a day-and-date to Sundance acquisition "Land Ho!," Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' buzzy Icelandic road trip comedy out of the Park City fest.
The film will have a limited release in NY and LA on July 11. Before then, it's scheduled for screenings at Tribeca and the LA Film Festival.
Here's the official synopsis:
Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, Mitch, a brassy former surgeon, convinces mild-mannered Colin, his ex-brother-in-law, to holiday with him in Iceland. The pair set off through Reykjavik ice bars, trendy spas, and adventurous restaurants in an attempt to reclaim their youth, but they quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself, no matter how far you travel.
Land Ho! is a bawdy road-trip comedy as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. Iceland's vast and haunting landscapes—moss-coated cliffs, fog-shrouded mountains, geothermal pools, and otherworldly Northern Lights—form a primordial Eden and the perfect backdrop for Mitch and Colin's adventures.
In a B+ review, Indiewire's Eric Kohn wrote that the film:
"...drifts from one scene to the next with such a light touch that it runs the risk of turning the men's trip into a trivial affair. But even without a major climactic moment, the filmmakers arrive at a thoughtfully triumphant conclusion. Treasuring small victories and mood above all else, "Land Ho!" makes it possible to engage with its subjects' pathos and experience their sense of renewal along with them, and concludes with the lingering sense that their adventure has only just begun."