Joe McGovern
April 10, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

STARRING Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee

DIRECTED BY John Maclean

RATED R

RELEASE DATE May 15

Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as a Scottish boy who befriends a bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) on the 1870 Western frontier. Though set in Colorado, Slow West was filmed amid the slightly surreal, Hobbit-y scenery of New Zealand—perhaps the first time that country’s landscapes had been used to mimic the American West. “Mountains and plains and forests are all right next to each other,” says writer-director John Maclean (former keyboardist for the ’90s British group Beta Band). “And there’s a fairy-tale feeling we wanted to create of a foreigner in a strange no-man’s-land. That environment gave us the perfect dreamworld.”

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