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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #200. Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s Land Ho!

Land Ho!

Directors: Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz
Writers: Stephens and Katz
Producers: Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, Christina Jennings
Exec. Producers: David Gordon Green, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, Wendy Ettinger
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Karrie Crouse, Elizabeth McKee, Alice Olivia Clarke, Emmsjé Gauti

Delivering career bests with the unlikeliest of gems with a septuagenarian, buddy dramedy that utilizes portions of the road-trip template, wunderkinds Martha Stephens (Pilgrim Song fame) and Aaron Katz (Cold Weather fame) Land Ho! is perhaps the best title to set sail with our top 200 list. Swooning auds at the world premiere screening at the Library theatre in Park City, ostensibly this works from a matter-of-factly devised idea but firmly validated a pair of points: singular voices can creatively offer strong samples when paired and, U.S indie spirit works comfortably outside the U.S. borders.

Gist: Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson), a brassy former surgeon, convinces mild-mannered Colin (Paul Eenhoorn), his ex-brother-in-law, to vacation with him in Iceland. The pair sets off in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, adventurous restaurants, and rugged campsites. But they quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself, no matter how far you travel.

Release Date: Two times the charm for actor Paul Eenhoorn, this got invited to Sundance’s NEXT section and got picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Look for tons of festival play both nationally and internationally before a theatrical release this year.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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