Elisabeth Moss Drama 'The Free World' Picked Up by IFC (Exclusive)

The Free World still 1 _ H 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Boyd Holbrook and Octavia Spencer also star in the Jason Lew-directed film about a man trying to reintegrate with society after being released from prison.

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Free World.

Boyd Holbrook and Elizabeth Moss star in the Jason Lew-helmed drama. Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang and Waleed Zuaiter round out the cast.

Penned by Lew, the film centers on a man (Holbrook) recently released from prison after two decades of incarceration for crimes he didn't commit. He spends his days caring for abused animals at a shelter while trying in vain to reintegrate into the outside world. His life changes when he becomes involved with a married woman (Moss) with an abusive husband.

The film, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 26 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section, was produced by Laura Rister.

“We are very proud of Jason Lew’s beautifully crafted and nuanced directorial debut," Rister said. "He’s created a challenging and gripping film that showcases a breakout role from Boyd Holbrook and confirms Elisabeth Moss as one of the most compelling actors working today. Given IFC Films’ seasoned experience bringing first-time filmmakers to the big screen, we are thrilled to be working with them.”

Robi Halmi Jr., Jim Reeve and Rene Besson executive produced Free World. WME Global and CAA repped the filmmakers.

International distribution rights are being handled by Great Point Media.