Sony Picture Classics announced Monday it has acquired the distribution rights to Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground for North America, Australia, and New Zealand audiences.
Higher Ground follows the a couple, spanning from the '60s to '80s, who have dedicated their lives to God by joining a small hippie church. The film explores the relationship between the couple and the rest of this tight-knit, eccentric community.
Varmiga also stars in the film, along with John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, and Joshua Leonard.
The film is based on the memoir by Carolyn S. Briggs called "This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost."
Higher Ground was one of the highly anticipated film at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.