IFC Midnight, the genre label of IFC Films, announced that the company is acquiring North American rights to two films: Manuel Carballo’s supernatural chiller EXORCISMUS and Miguel Angel Vivas’ powerful and shocking home invasion flick KIDNAPPED. Both films will be released through the IFC Midnight label theatrically and on their video on demand platform in early 2011.
In Carballo’s intense supernatural horror film EXORCISMUS, a rebellious young girl (Sophie Vavasseur) slowly discovers that she is possessed by a twisted, evil force. She is soon forced against her will to use extreme measures to free herself. The film, which also stars acclaimed UK actors Jo-Anne Stockham and Stephen Billington, recently had its world premiere at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival.
KIDNAPPED, which is shot documentary-style and was the winner of Best Horror Film and Best Director at this year’s Fantastic Fest, follows Jaime (Fernando Cayo) and Marta (Ana Wagener), a middle-aged couple with a teenage daughter named Isa (Manuela Vellés). As the family moves into a new home and gathers to celebrate, everyone’s evening is ruined when a gang makes a home invasion.
Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Films said, “Both Manuel Carballo and Miguel Angel Vivas have crafted terrifyingly wonderful films to help keep everyone up at night. Their work exemplifies the type of cinema that IFC Midnight wants to be known for.”
The deals for both EXORCISMUS and KIDNAPPED were negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Manager of Acquisitions & Productions for IFC Films with Vicente Canales and Carles Rojano from Filmax International.
Vicente Canales from Filmax International notes: “We are extremely proud to work with IFC and were delighted to close EXORCISMUS with them in Toronto. Our enthusiasm about this new deal for KIDNAPPED could not be greater. We have always had a great relationship with IFC and are very confident of what they can do with the two films. Both titles are perfect for IFC Midnight. ”