IFC Midnight Nabs Fairytale Thriller 'American Fable' (Exclusive)

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Anne Hamilton’s feature debut premiered at SXSW in March.

IFC Midnight has taken U.S. rights to director Anne Hamilton’s feature debut, American Fable, which debuted at SXSW in March .

IFC Midnight plans to release the fairytale thriller in winter 2017.

American Fable is set in the 1980s rural Midwest where an imaginative girl named Gitty is forced to choose between protecting her family's secret and saving a man's life. Newcomer Peyton Kennedy plays Gitty, and the film also stars Kip Pardue, Richard Schiff, Gavin Macintosh, Rusty Schwimmer, Zuleikha Robinson and Marci Miller.

“For my first feature, I wanted to pay tribute to where I grew up and the films I loved as a kid," Hamilton said Tuesday in a statement. "This movie has been a labor of love, and I’m delighted that it has found a home with IFC Midnight because they showed a deep appreciation of the visuals of the storytelling. I can’t wait for people to see American Fable on the big screen.”

Kishori Rajan and Hamilton produced, while Kevin Harrington executive produced.

"IFC Midnight has been a true champion of the movie, and Anne and I are gratified to have found the right home for it.  I'm really looking forward to bringing this to theaters and home audiences with IFC Midnight at the helm,” said Rajan.

Hamilton, who began her film career as an intern on the Terrence Malick movie Tree of Life, was one of eight women selected for the 2014 AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She is repped by WME and Lawrence Kopeikin of Morris Yorn.

Ben Braun and Josh Braun of Submarine brokered the deal.