The Driftless Area is a 2015 Canadian-American neo-noir drama-comedy film directed by Zachary Sluser and starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes. Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Frank Langella, and Ciaran Hinds also appear in supporting roles. The film is based on the novel of the same title by Tom Drury, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sluser. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2015.
The film tells the story of a young man by the name of Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin) who falls in love with a mysterious woman named Stella (Zooey Deschanel) and finds himself in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with a somewhat idiotic but, nonetheless, capable and violent criminal named Shane (John Hawkes) in a story that is in equal parts about fate, love, coming-of-age, and life in a small-town.
Production on the film began on May 14, 2014, in Wilmington, North Carolina, while additional filming was in Vancouver, Canada.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2015. The film screened as the Opening Night film for the Aruba International Film Festival on October 7, 2015. Shortly after, it was announced that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions had acquired distribution rights to the film. The film was released on April 26, 2016, on video on demand and home media formats.