You can't help but smile when you see a movie with incredible talent debut at one of the most iconic film festivals in the United States and get rave reviews.

God's Country, was filmed entirely in Montana in parts of Livingston, Bozeman, and Dillon, just debuted to rave reviews at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Emmy award-winning actress Thandie Newton, who you might recognize from television shows such as Westworld on HBO, and movies such as Mission Impossible 2 and Academy Award-winning Crash.

God's Country is labeled as a neo-western thriller and Thandie Newton plays a college professor who lives on the edge of a national forest who confronts two hunters trespassing on her land and then gets tangled up in a dangerous game.

The movie was shot back in 2020 and has finally debuted at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to fantastic reviews. From what we have read, folks have praised the atmosphere and then intensity a film like this needs. Those reviews are huge compliments and could help the film get distribution rights. Variety thinks God's Country isn't big enough to be shown in theaters but could be enticing to streaming sites and home format providers. 

This is exciting news for the film industry in Montana. Over the past two years, we have seen movies filmed from Billings to Bozeman to Missoula, and the productions seem to keep getting larger with each announcement. 

Who knows? Maybe if God's Country can make a splash on streaming, this could help propel films getting made in Montana even more regularly. 

For more details on God's Country, check out Variety

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