Fox Searchlight Lands Terrence Malick’s World War II Drama 'A Hidden Life' for $14M

Cannes Film Festival
'A Hidden Life'

The film, which had its world premiere Sunday at Cannes, centers on Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who became a conscientious objector and refused to serve for Adolf Hitler before being imprisoned for his actions.

In its first Cannes fest under the Disney banner, Fox Searchlight has snapped up U.S. rights as well as several international territories to Terrence Malick’s World War II drama A Hidden Life. Sources pegged the deal at just under $14 million.

The pic made its world premiere Sunday in competition at Cannes and quickly landed a deal with Fox Searchlight, which released Malick's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life, a film that went on to land several Oscar nominations, including best picture.

A Hidden Life centers on Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who became a conscientious objector and refused to serve for Adolf Hitler during World War II. He was imprisoned for his actions.

The film drew competitive bids from Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Netflix, A24 and Focus Features.

August Diehl stars as Jägerstätte in Malick’s return to Cannes. Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Bruno Ganz and Matthias Schoenaerts round out the cast.

The deal, which was negotiated by Mister Smith and CAA Media Finance, marks the first buy for Fox Searchlight during the Cannes market. The movie will get a robust theatrical release later this year.