Cannes Film Fest 2019: Hidden Life–Malick’s WWI War Drama is Fox Searchlight Contender

Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life will get an awards season release on December 13, Fox Searchlight announced Thursday.

The World War II drama, a highlight of the 2019 Cannes Film Fest, centers on Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who became a conscientious objector and refused to serve for Adolf Hitler during World War II. He was imprisoned for his actions. August Diehl stars as Jägerstätte. Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, Bruno Ganz and Matthias Schoenaerts round out the cast.

Fox Searchlight, which is now owned by Disney, acquired U.S. rights to the movie at Cannes, where Hidden Life played in competition.

Searchlight, which paid about $14 million, will also distribute the movie in several international territories.

The film drew competitive bids from Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Netflix, A24 and Focus Features.

Searchlight had also released Malick’s 20111 Cannes Film Fest Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, a film that went on to land several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.