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TIFF Thriller 'Cut Bank' Picked Up by A24, DIRECTV

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 22, 2014 at 3:10PM

A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.
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Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer in 'Cut Bank.'
A24 Films Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer in 'Cut Bank.'

A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.

Shakman's best known for his directorial work on the series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," although he's also helmed episodes of "House M.D.," "Brothers & Sisters," "Psych" and "Fargo."

"Cut Bank," written by Robert Patino ("Sons of Anarchy"), stars "Hunger Games" regular Liam Hemsworth as a high school athlete and auto mechanic who dreams of leaving his small Montana town along with his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer). John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg and Oliver Platt also star.

A24 and DIRECTV plan a 2015 theatrical release for the film.  This isn't the duo's first partnership--they teamed together on "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as Aubrey Plaza-starrer "Life After Beth."

Kilburn Media and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation financed the film, which was shot in Alberta.  Entertainment One Films International is doing international sales, and will distribute in Canada.

This article is related to: Cut Bank, Teresa Palmer, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt, Los Angeles Film Festival, TIFF 2014, A24, Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals, Festivals


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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.