The drama centers on Austrian farmer Franz Jagerstatter, who became a conscientious objector and refused to serve for Adolf Hitler during World War II. He was imprisoned for his actions. August Diehl stars as Jagerstatter. Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Bruno Ganz and Matthias Schoenaerts round out the cast.
The Disney-owned Searchlight acquired U.S. rights to the movie at the Cannes Film Festival, where A Hidden Life staged its world premiere. Searchlight will also distribute the movie in several international territories.
The film drew competitive bids from Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Netflix, A24 and Focus Features. Sources pegged the Searchlight deal at just under $14 million.
Searchlight also released Malick’s Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, a film that went on to land several Oscar nominations, including best picture.