Little Rock-born director Jeff Nichols' second film, "Take Shelter," was a hit at Sundance, and now it's making waves overseas as well. It just won two of the top prizes at the legendary Cannes Film Festival's 50th annual Critic's Week in France.
The film — about a Midwestern father (played by Michael Shannon) whose fear of an apocalyptic and possibly supernatural storm drives him to renovate a disused bomb shelter — won the prize for best feature film, and the Semaine de la Critique prize for best screenplay. It's Nichols' sophomore effort, following up his 2007, made-in-Arkansas indie film about feuding brothers, "Shotgun Stories." Shannon also starred in that film.
"Take Shelter" was purchased by Sony Pictures Classics, their independent film division, back in January. With Cannes' golden feathers in Nichols' cap, it will likely see fairly wide distribution. Look for soon it at a theater near you.