(New York, NY) April 22nd, 2014 - Jim Mickle does it again with his crispy Texas pulp, COLD IN JULY. Acquired by IFC Films for U.S. theatrical rights off of the film’s critically acclaimed world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, COLD IN JULY finds a home at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight. This will be Jim’s second time in this selection after last year’s cannibal drama, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE.
Selected by delegate general Edouard Waintrop in his third year at the helm of the Fortnight, a long-running parallel program to the official selection, Waintrop stated, “COLD IN JULY plays with three subgenres of the cop movie – it’s a crazy and galvanizing movie”.
"It's unbelievably flattering and rewarding to be invited back to Fortnight. Ever since reading Joe Lansdale's wonderfully twisted novel, I've wanted to make a film that felt like that book. COLD IN JULY has been in our lives for a very long time and many times felt like it may never make it to the big screen. To return to the Croisette to show this film to the world makes all of that time well worth the wait”, said filmmaker Jim Mickle.
In COLD IN JULY, while investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell (Wyatt Russell). Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end.
Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled "badasses" portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action films; one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Cold in July is hard to shake as an east Texas summer.
IFC Films will release COLD IN JULY day-and-date, theatrically and on VOD May 23rd