Slow West, Scottish director John Maclean’s Sundance debut, appears to be a Western of a more understated sort.
Dubbed “a really fresh take” on a familiar genre by festival director Trevor Groth, the film stars Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smitt-McPhee as fellow wanderers on the frontier searching for a missing woman. The film is scheduled to debut on festival screens tonight, but you can get a closer look ahead of time with these exclusive stills:
Here’s a synopsis from the Sundance Film Festival program:
Jay is a lovelorn 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to the American West at the close of the nineteenth century to track down his former lover. Confronted with the harsh realities of the frontier, he falls in with a rough and mysterious traveler named Silas (Michael Fassbender), who soon discovers that the focus of Jay’s affection has a price on her head. Together, the two navigate a vast, untamed wilderness while attempting to stay one step ahead of a bloodthirsty posse and colorful bounty hunter. Their search leads to a bloody confrontation where Jay’s romanticism is the first of many casualties.