EXCLUSIVE: Perry King, the actor whose credits include everything from Riptide and Melrose Place to Slaughterhouse-Five and The Day After Tomorrow, is bringing his directorial debut to Cannes. The black-and-white shot The Divide is making its world market premiere during the fest that kicks off tonight.

Arya Worldwide Entertainment has boarded the pic, about a ranch family in drought-ravaged mid-1970s Northern California, and will handle foreign sales jointly with Amsterdam-based Quira.

The plot in Jana Brown’s script revolved around Sam Kincaid (King), an aging rancher with a failing memory in a time when Alzheimer’s disease wasn’t well documented; his estranged and independent-minded daughter, Sarah (Bosch‘s Sara Arrington); and Luke (Bryan Kaplan), a ranch hand who finds himself in the midst of a family in crisis. Internal struggles, the realities of an unforgiving landscape and the need to reconcile a long-ago tragedy collide in the Western tale. Levi Kreis and Luke Colombero co-star.

The filmmakers plan to work with Alzheimer’s organizations to broaden awareness for the film and its subject matter.

The Divide is a new movie with old values,” said King. “It’s a movie for all the people (like me) who miss the old-time movies — a Western for all of us who miss Westerns. I was tired of waiting to be handed the opportunity to participate in the kind of movie I wanted to be in, and to watch, so I figured I would just make it myself. We did it and it’s been deeply satisfying.”

Arya CEO Greg H. Sims and Quira principal Marcel van Berkel are hosting a reception for foreign buyers and press May 14, after the film’s debut screening at the Olympia 3 at 3:30 PM local time.