IFC Films, September 14, 2011

IFC Midnight Takes North American Rights to Alexandre Courtes' The Incident

Toronto, CANADASeptember 14, 2011 – IFC Midnight announced today from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Alexandre Courtés’s THE INCIDENT. The film, with a screenplay by Jérôme Fansten, stars Rupert Evans, Kenny Doughty, Joseph Kennedy, Dave Legeno, Marcus Garvey, and Richard Brake and was produced by Wassim Béji, Yannick Bolloré and Emilie Chatel. Roy Lee and Doug Davison. The film premiered Monday night as part of the festival’s Midnight Madness lineup.

In THE INCIDENT, George (Evans), Max (Doughty) and Ricky (Kennedy) play in a band together, struggling to record their first album and performing small gigs between shifts cooking for the inmates of the high-security asylum where they all work. Their kitchen is separated from the cafeteria by a large window with a small slot, through which they’re able to observe the patients from a safe vantage point. Except for the dispatching of food and medication, their average workday requires little interaction with the disturbed men, who veer between violent outbursts and near catatonia. This banal routine is interrupted just before dinner one evening, when a storm knocks out the power in the hospital, trapping the three young men in the kitchen and disabling the security systems that keep them safe from the precarious lunatics on the other side of the glass. Help should be on its way, but until it comes, the bandmates must protect themselves from the raging psychopathy that threatens to crack the barrier.

The deal for THE INCIDENT was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Manager of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Ben Weiss of Paradigm and Charlotte Boucon, Sales Manager at SND M6, on behalf of the filmmakers.

IFC Midnight is a sister division to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.

Established in 2010 and based in New York City, IFC Midnight is a leading U.S. distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science-fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more.  Its unique distribution model makes independent genre 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 have included Tom Six’s controversial horror film The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Johnnie To’s Hong Kong revenge thriller Vengeance, and James Gunn’s Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon. Upcoming IFC Midnight releases include Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN and Tom Six’s highly anticipated frightfest The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). IFC Midnight is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.


Michael Kupferberg
Strategy PR/Consulting