The company that handled Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood through a turbulent 2014 awards season has just picked up Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Certain Women, starring 3-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, 2-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern, and Cesar winner Kristen Stewart.
The film premiered to positive reviews out of Sundance and is slated for a 2016 theatrical release, further strengthening a the already strong forecast for the depth of the Best Actress race. Reichardt doesn’t exactly have a strong Oscar history, but then again neither did Morton Tyldum, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, Michel Hazanavicius, Benh Zeitlin, Jean-Marc Vallée, etc. when their films were embraced by Oscars for the first time.
Carol director Todd Haynes executive produces the film, alongside and Larry Fessenden, with Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, and Anish Savjani of filmscience producing.
“The entire team at IFC Films have long been fans of Kelly and are thrilled to finally be working with her – she is a master at her craft and one of the most distinct storytellers working in cinema today,” Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring said in a release. “Along with her amazing cast of Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Lily Gladstone and Michelle Williams, Kelly has created another treasure that confirms her as one of our great American filmmakers. We can’t wait to bring it to the theaters for audiences to see.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with IFC Films,” the filmmakers said in a statement. “Their enthusiasm for the film was amazing, and we very much look forward to collaborating with their team on its release this year.”