IFC sets Release Date for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ‘God’s Pocket’

After debuting and being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January, IFC Film have announced that the drama directed by John Slattery ‘God’s Pocket’ will receive a limited theatrical release on May 9, followed a week later by a VOD release.

Slattery commented on the IFC acquisition and release of the film saying “I’m thrilled to be working creatively with IFC and very happy to continue my ongoing and successful relationship with AMC. We’re very proud of this film and excited to partner with IFC Films to bring it to a wide audience.”

The adapted feature marks the directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery and focuses on the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God’s Pocket. Mickey Scarpato’s crazy stepson, Leon, is killed in a construction “accident,” and Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can’t bury, a wife he can’t please, and a debt he can’t pay.

Acclaimed actor John Slattery makes an impressive jump behind the camera with an assured directorial debut that shows he has a razor-sharp eye for conveying the absurdity, cruelty, desperation, and tragic optimism of the people he portrays. Like life, his scenes seamlessly fuse humor and heartbreak, but it’s Slattery’s wit and confident style that make the portrait so authentic. Featuring a top-shelf cast and impeccable cinematography, God’s Pocket oozes with talent and marks the emergence of an inspired directorial presence.

IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring also commented saying “John Slattery has made a remarkable debut here as a director, proving that he is as talented behind the camera as he is in front of it, On behalf of IFC Films and AMC Networks, we are really proud to be releasing this tremendous film and to get the chance to work with John, the producers and this terrific cast.”

God’s Pocket stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro and was co-written by Alex Metcalf. The feature made its debut, just two weeks before Hoffman passed away, with a world premiere on January 17th at Eccles Theatre as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s US Dramatic Competition selection.


God’s Pocket (2014) – World Premiere Q&A at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival


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