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A teenager, David, journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father, Cal. Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything. Based on the masterpiece American short story by David Quammen, the film is a searing portrait about a teen, David and his unwavering will to survive and save his father from the harsh Montana wilderness. The annual hunting trip becomes an extraordinary quest for David to truly get to know his father.

Original Title Walking Out
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +13
Tipology Feature Film, Special Event
Duration 95'
Production Year 2017
Nationality USA
Directed by Alex Smith, Andrew Smith
Screenplay Alex Smith, Andrew Smith
Based on the novel "Walking Out" by David Quammen
Director of photography Todd McMullen
Editor Michael Taylor
Production Design David Storm
Music Ernst Reijseger
Main cast Matt Bomer (Cal)
Josh Wiggins (David)
Bill Pullman (Clyde)
Alex Neustaedter (Young Cal)
Lily Gladstone (Lila)
Ken White (Richard)
Scott McMillion (Doctor)
Produced by Brunson Green, Laura Ivey

--- registi --- andrew j. smith e alex smithAlex & Andrew Smith
The Smith Brothers have written scripts for HBO, Warner Bros, Disney, Sony, and FX. They adapted the graphic novel SON OF THE GUN by legendary cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky for Fox Searchlight. They also adapted, REMEMBERING LAUGHTER, the first novelby Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Wallace Stegner, for filmmaker, Rodrigo Garcia. The Smith Brothers have worked in the past with Lars Von Trier, Terrence Malick and David O. Russell. Alex is based in Woodstock, New York, and Andrew is a published poet, and a Professor in the School of Media Arts at the University of Montana.
The Smiths recently wrote, directed and produced WINTER IN THE BLOOD, a feature film based on the classic James Welch novel, which had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival and won numerous festival awards. Previously, they wrote and directed THE SLAUGHTER RULE, a feature film starring Ryan Gosling, David Morse and Amy Adams which premiered at Sundance. Alex & Andrew are currently writing two pilots—an adaptation of Kevin Brockmeier’s best-selling novel, THE BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEAD, for Amazon—and THE DARKLINGS, a horror fantasy set in post-WWII Europe—for Red Arrow, a Munich-based international production company.

Directors' statement
“Our third feature, WALKING OUT, takes a timeless, archetypal story to absolute extremity: a father and son, at odds with each other, are forced by lethal circumstance to bond in the wilderness during a hunting trip. […] Our film asks: What sacrifices are necessary for survival? What is the right way to become a man? The main theme of Walking Out is this search for KNOWLEDGE. David, our hero, a modern, ‘plugged-in’ city mouse teenager—goes on a brutal yet profound journey into the heart of the Mountain. It is an epic voyage that takes him from ‘alien’ to ‘integrated’, from ‘arm’s length’ to the deepest embrace imaginable, from innocence to experience. Our main cinematic goal is to present his evolution—as he arcs from ‘not knowing’ to ‘knowing’—as a map of healing. As a possible way forward”.

<p><strong>production<br /></strong>Harbinger Pictures<br />(USA)</p> <p><strong>world sales<br />festival contact<br /></strong>AMP International<br />(United Kingdom)<br /><a>www.amp-film.com</a></p> <hr class="system-pagebreak" title="Admission" />

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