IFC Films will release No Man’s Land, the dynamic modern-day Western is set in the Rio Grande Valley along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. No Man’s Land opens in select theaters, on digital platforms and VOD on January 22nd.
Filmed in Guanajuato, Mexico, No Man’s Land was made by brothers who grew up going back and forth along the border. The film was directed by Conor Allyn (Walk. Ride. Rodeo.) and written by Jake Allyn (The Quad, Sweet Girl), who also stars along with Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy, Zero Dark Thirty, Prison Break), Andie MacDowell (Sex, Lies & Videotape, Groundhog Day, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and actor-comedian George Lopez (Real Women Have Curves, ABC’s George Lopez, TBS’s Lopez Tonight), along with Alex MacNicoll (Vice, 13 Reasons Why, The Society) and Jorge A. Jimenez (Narcos).
The script was inspired by the real-life “no man’s land” areas along the Texas-Mexico border. That is where the story begins, as border vigilantes Bill Greer (Grillo) and his son Jackson (Allyn) are on patrol when Jackson accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. Bill tries to take the blame but Texas Ranger Ramirez (Lopez) sees through the lie, spurring Jackson to flee south on horseback across the Rio Grande – to become a gringo “illegal alien” in Mexico. Chased by Texas Rangers and Mexican federales, Jackson journeys across deserts and mountains to seek forgiveness from the dead boy’s vengeful father (Jimenez), as he falls in love with the land he was taught to hate.
The film offers a trenchant examination of the human element at one of the world’s most fraught locations. “My brother and I set out to make a classic Western that asks the audience to cross the border within ourselves,” explains director Conor Allyn.
Director Conor Allyn added, “In this highly polarized landscape, we focused on telling a more personal, human story with heart and hope – the kind of artistic yet entertaining film that IFC has a rich history of supporting. We’re delighted to have a partner who shares our passion.”