Outsider Pictures Picks Up JUAN OF THE DEAD for Theatrical Release, SIMON KILLER Goes to IFC

     January 27, 2012

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Sundance 2012 no longer has a corner on the acquisitions news market as it’s being reported out of the Miami International Film Festival that director Alejandro Brugues’ (Personal Belongings) Cuban zombie flick, Juan of the Dead has been picked up by Outsider Pictures. The festival, which runs March 2nd to the 11th, will be the first theatrical screening under the banner. Outsider is planning a theatrical release in Miami soon after the festival with Focus World releasing the picture later in 2012 on VOD, DVD and other formats.

From Sundance, THR reports that IFC Films has picked up the domestic rights to director Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, a dark drama starring Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau and Lila Salet. The sexually explicit film about an American man falling for a Parisian prostitute may earn itself an NC-17 rating. Hit the jump for the press release for Juan of the Dead.

Get caught up with all of our Sundance 2012 coverage here and check below for a list of previous acquisitions. Here’s the press release for Juan of the Dead:

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Produced & Presented by Miami Dade College

juan-of-the-dead-imageOutsider Pictures Acquires U.S. Theatrical Rights To First Cuban Zombie Comedy Juan of The Dead

First Screening Following Acquisition to be held at Miami International Film Festival, produced & presented by Miami Dade College

Miami, FL Outsider Pictures today announced the acquisition of the international hit Juan of The Dead, from Guadalajara-based international film sales and distribution company Latinofusion, for US theatrical distribution in the United States.

The deal was announced via the Industry Office of the 29th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC).   As previously announced, Juan of the Dead will be screened as part of MIFF’s Gala series at the upcoming Festival, March 2 – 11, 2012, and will be the first theatrical screening of the film under the Outsider Pictures banner.  Director Alejandro Brugués, actor Alexis Díaz de Villegas, and Outsider Pictures and Latinofusion executives are scheduled to attend the screening.

“It’s a satirical look at the present day streets of the controversial regime and we’re excited to add it to our diverse catalogue of films.”  said Paul Hudson, co-founder of Outsider Pictures. “And it’s a great zombie film too!”

As previously announced, Focus World, the unique digital distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, will release the movie later in 2012 to EST, iVOD and VOD, along with DVD and other formats.

After zombies take over Havana, Juan (Díaz de Villegas) and his friends decide to conquer the marauding undead, reported by the government as being unruly Americans continuing their quest of undermining the regime. Part comedy and part political allegory, Alejandro Brugués’ second feature was co-produced with Spain’s La Zanfoña Producciones <http://pro.imdb.com/company/co0133361/> . Brugués’ first feature Personal Belongings was in MIFF’s Ibero-American competition in 2008.

Outsider Pictures will open the film theatrically in Miami soon after the Festival, in an exclusive run at MDC’s Tower Theater.   Hudson negotiated the deal with Latinfusion CEO Alfredo Calvino.

Below are links to all of the Sundance sales thus far:

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