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Sundance 2010: IFC Films buys U.S. distribution rights to ENTER THE VOID

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
January 19th, 2010

Sundance 2010 will be starting in a few days and one of the films that I am most looking forward to seeing at the festival just got its U.S. distribution rights purchased. Gaspar Noé's ENTER THE VOID will be distributed in the U.S. by IFC Films.

The main reason I am so excited for ENTER THE VOID is due to Noé, the man who made I STAND ALONE and IRREVERSIBLE. Noé is a filmmaker that takes major chances with his technical style and where he allows his stories to go; making his films sometimes (OK, often) disturbing and difficult, but very effective. IFC Films locking down the new film (which already played at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival) by such a unique filmmaker is not surprising.

When IFC releases ENTER THE VOID in 2010 it will be made available simultaneously in theaters and on-demand. You can check out the press release after the jump.

New York, NY (Jan 19, 2010) – IFC Films, one of the leading American distributors of independent and foreign films, announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Gaspar Noé’s ENTER THE VOID in advance of its upcoming U.S. premiere at Sundance in the Spotlight section. A surrealist drama about a drug-dealing teen killed in Japan, after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister, ENTER THE VOID is a provocative yet contemplative exploration of life, death and sexuality.

Noé’s follow-up to the 2002 award-winning and controversial film IRREVERSIBLE, ENTER THE VOID premiered in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was also featured at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. The film stars newcomers Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta (THE LIMITS OF CONTROL) and Cyril Roy.

IFC Films will release ENTER THE VOID in 2010 via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.

The deal for ENTER THE VOID was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from IFC Films with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.

Loosely inspired by the “Tibetan Book Of The Dead,” ENTER THE VOID centers on Oscar and his sister Linda, recent arrivals in Tokyo. Oscar is a small-time drug dealer, and Linda works as a nightclub stripper. One night, Oscar is caught up in a police bust and shot, but true to a promise he made Linda as a child—that he would never leave her—he refuses to abandon the world of the living. As he lies dying, his spirit wanders through the city, his visions growing evermore distorted, evermore nightmarish. Past, present and future merge in a hallucinatory maelstrom.

Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, “ENTER THE VOID is an experience that is almost impossible to describe. Gaspar Noé is at the peak of his filmmaking powers with this film that is destined to become a cult classic. The entire team is thrilled to be working on this film and with Gaspar. It's the perfect film for all of our platforms."

Franco-Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé made his first film in 1991 with the short CARNE, an introduction to the character of the Butcher, played by Philippe Nahon. An angry man, the Butcher seeks revenge on whoever hurt his disabled daughter. After working as an actor, cinematographer, writer, and director on some other projects, Noé made his first feature film, I STAND ALONE, continuing the story of the Butcher after he does time in jail and abandons his daughter. In 2002, he made IRREVERSIBLE starring real-life married couple Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.

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