God's Country
Hop Film Event

God's Country

with director Julian Higgins
October 07, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

In this character-driven thriller, a professor (Thandiwe Newton) is drawn into an escalating battle of wills with two trespassing hunters. Director Julian Higgins in person!

22/23 Hop Film Event

God's Country - Official Trailer ft. Thandiwe Newton | HD | IFC Films


Thandiwe Newton stars as a Black professor in a remote college town—not unlike Hanover— whose confrontation with two hunters trespassing on her land escalates as she refuses to back down. The gorgeous cinematography of snowy Montana gives the viewer an immediate sense of her isolation as she grieves for the recent loss of her mother, navigates her all-white, predominantly male colleagues, and struggles to enlist the support of the local sheriff before taking matters into her own hands. 

By weaving an intersectional awareness into the classic Western, Hanover native Julian Higgins' remarkable film invites us to examine the legacy left by that genre's themes—and gives Newton a richly layered character to showcase her talents. D: Julian Higgins, US, 2022, 1h42m

Meet director and Hanover native Julian Higgins in a live, post-film conversation. 

Julian Higgins is a Los Angeles-based director, writer and producer. His first feature, God's Country premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Prior to God's Country, Julian's short films screened at over a hundred festivals around the globe and won dozens of prizes, including the gold medal Student Academy Award, two Student Emmy Awards and the grand prize of Ron Howard's "Project Imagination" Contest. His 2015 short, Winter Light, was a top 10 finalist for the Academy Award. On the strength of his film work, Julian made his television directing debut at the age of 26 with one of the final episodes of House. More recently, he executive produced and directed Seasons 2 and 3 of the anthology drama series Guidance, streaming on Apple TV+.

A New Hampshire native, Julian holds a BFA in Film from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. He teaches directing at both institutions, as well as offering his "Business of Directing" course as an independent online workshop. Julian is currently Advisor-in-Residence at Sundance Collab. Learn more>

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