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Sony Catches Sight of a Release Date for 'Land Ho!'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 7, 2014 at 3:22PM

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.
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'Land Ho!'
'Land Ho!'

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."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.