SUNDANCE: IFC Films Acquires Antonio Campos’ SIMON KILLER
Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by v-lshugrue
IFC FILMS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO
ANTONIO CAMPOS’ SIMON KILLER
Park City, UT (January 27, 2012) – IFC Films announced today from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Antonio Campos’ SIMON KILLER. The film, with a screenplay also by Campos, stars Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau, and Lila Salet. The picture was produced by Josh Mond and Sean Durkin of Borderline Films and Matt Palmieri, who also financed through his FilmHaven Entertainment banner. The two companies previously collaborated on the critical sensation, MARTHA, MARCY, MAY, MARLENE.
In SIMON KILLER, a recent college graduate goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of five years. His life should be open-ended and full of promise, but he can’t shake his feelings of loss. Being a stranger in a strange land only aggravates his situation. When he falls in love with a young mysterious prostitute, a fateful journey begins, though we soon learn that Simon is the one with deeper secrets.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “SIMON KILLER is powerful, visceral filmmaking that confirms Antonio Campos as one of the most exciting young directors working today. The film is powered not only by his incredible style but also by a tour-de-force performance by Brady Corbet. We really look forward to working with the powerhouse team of Antonio, Brady, Josh Mond, Sean Durkin, and Matt Palmieri to reveal this amazing film to audiences all over North America.”
Noted Campos: “I’m very excited that Simon Killer has found a perfect home at IFC Films. They will give the film a theatrical release in its original, uncensored form, and their passion and enthusiasm has really moved us. They released our first film, AFTERSCHOOL, and it is an honor to once again be in the company of such a distinguished group of filmmakers who have called IFC their home.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with CAA and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Films is a sister division to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
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About IFC FILMS
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Touching the Void, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Gomorrah, Che, Summer Hours, Antichrist, In the Loop, Antichrist, Wordplay,Cairo Time, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Tiny Furniture and Carlos. Over the years, IFC Films has worked with established and breakout auteurs, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, as well as more recent breakouts such as Andrea Arnold, Mia Hansen Love, Corneliu Porombiou, Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Aaron Katz, Daryl Wein and Abdellatif Kechiche. IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.