New York, NY (November 5, 2010) – IFC Midnight, the genre label of IFC Films, announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to Michael Greenspan’s directorial debut WRECKED from Entertainment One (eOne). The psychological thriller, whose script was penned by Christopher Dodd, stars Adrien Brody (THE PIANIST, PREDATORS), Caroline Dhavernas (BREACH, HOLLYWOODLAND) and Ryan Robbins (WALKING TALL, PASSENGERS). Kyle Mann (CAPOTE, PUSH) developed, produced and financed the film (with Telefilm Canada), and Brody also served as an executive producer. IFC Films will release the film via IFC Midnight in Spring 2011.
In WRECKED, a man (Brody) awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He’s injured, his legs are trapped, and he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. His only company is a crackling radio reporting a violent bank robbery gone wrong and a corpse in the back seat with a wallet identifying him as one of the perpetrators. Confronted with overwhelming obstacles, both real and imagined, the man must discover his identity and face the consequences of what that might be.
The film made its worldwide premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. The film was shot in remote wilderness locations in British Columbia.
"WRECKED is the perfect film for IFC Midnight and its audience. Adrien Brody gives a real down and dirty performance here and Michael Greenspan is a remarkable new talent," said IFC Films President of Entertainment Jonathan Sehring.
The deal for WRECKED was negotiated on behalf of IFC Films by Arianna Bocco for IFC Films, Ben Weiss of Paradigm and Charlotte Mickie from eOne Films International. Both Greenspan and Dodd are represented by Alex Lerner at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. The film has been sold already to an extensive list of worldwide territories including Canada (Alliance Films), the former Yugoslavia (Karantanija), France (Bac Films), Greece (Hollywood), India (Picture Works), Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore & Pakistan (Pt Parkit), Israel (United King), Korea (Korea Issue), Poland (Hagi), Portugal (VC Multimedia) and Taiwan (Catchplay).
About IFC Films
Established a decade ago, IFC Films – a division of Rainbow Media’s IFC Entertainment – is the leading U.S. distributor of independent and foreign film. Its unique day and date distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, reaching nearly 50 million homes. IFC Films’ "IFC Midnight" label, launched in 2010, offers the very best in international genre cinema, including horror, sci-fi, thrillers, erotic arthouse, action and more. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, TOUCHING THE VOID, ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, GOMORRAH, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, IN THE LOOP, ANTICHRIST, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, CAIRO TIME and WORDPLAY. 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.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One (LSE: ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.