It didn’t win any awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but critical and audience reaction to the indie buddy film LAND HO! was overwhelmingly warm and enthused. The notoriously demanding New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis called it a “joyous entertainment.” She went on:
“LAND HO!, written and directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, is a delightfully funny road movie about two longtime friends, a garrulous American, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), and his rather more reserved former brother-in-law, an Australian, Colin (Paul Eenhoorn), who embark on a road trip through Iceland. By turns playful and wistful, the movie is anchored by its irresistible lead performances, with Mr. Eenhoorn, who played the title character in the indie gem Martin Bonner, a perfect low-key foil for the outsize Mr. Nelson, the breakout star of this year’s festival. The filmmakers adroitly skirt both the cute and the condescending — the default registers of too many movies about geezers — to offer a dual portrait of gloriously alive men who just happen to be old.”
Our very astute friends at Sony Pictures Classics knew a hit when they saw one, bought the rights, and we are utterly pleased to host the exclusive Los Angeles engagements of LAND HO! beginning July 11 at the Royal and the following week at the Town Center and Playhouse. Check out this short video interview with the co-writer-directors and their two lead actors.