Domestic Trailer for Kick-Ass Thriller SLEEPLESS NIGHT

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The domestic trailer for the French action-thriller Sleepless Night has gone online.  The plot centers on a cop (Tomer Sisley) who steals drugs from a mobster (Serge Riaboukine), and the mobster retaliates by kidnapping the cop’s son.  When the cop goes back to exchange the stolen drugs for his son, the drugs go missing, and the cop goes on a frantic chase inside the mobster’s night club to rescue his son by any means possible.  It was one of the best films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and I’m glad it’s about to hit stateside.  My review is quoted in the trailer, but I feel it’s important to note that the trailer inserts an exclamation point I didn’t use.  Exclamation points change the tone of a sentence, and I don’t think I’ve ever used one to make a serious point in a review.

My minor personal annoyance aside, Sleepless Night is still a great flick and you should check it out.  The movie hits VOD on April 17th, but you should see it with the energy of a packed theater when it opens on May 11th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Dimension Picks Up PENTHOUSE NORTH Starring Michael Keaton; Tribeca Film Acquires SLEEPLESS NIGHT

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We’ve got a couple of acquisition stories to report today. First up, Dimension has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the thriller Penthouse North. Directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy), the film stars Michelle Monaghan as a photojournalist blinded in Iraq who becomes entangled in a sadistic criminal’s (Michael Keaton) search for a missing fortune. The script was written by David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace), who will also produced alongside Jeff Sackman and Michael Baker. Production begins in Ottawa on December 7th.

Additionally, Tribeca Film has acquired the U.S. rights to the French thriller Sleepless Night. The film debuted to a wildly positive reception as part of the “Midnight Madness” portion of the Toronto Film Festival.  Matt caught the pic and loved it, and now Tribeca Film will release the film VOD and theatrically stateside in 2012. The story centers on an undercover cop trying to get his kidnapped son back from a drug-dealing nightclub owner. An English-language remake is already in the works at Warner Bros. You can watch the trailer for the French film here. Hit the jump to read the press releases concerning Penthouse North and Sleeplees Night.

French Trailer for Toronto Film Festival Hit Action Film SLEEPLESS NIGHT

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One of the biggest successes to come out of the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month is surely the French action film Sleepless Night. The film screened as part of the “Midnight Madness” portion of the festival where Matt caught it and loved it. Warner Bros. is already developing an English-language remake (naturally), but the French trailer for the film is now available and I have to say that it looks pretty great even though I don’t speak French and thus can’t understand a word being said. The pic centers on an undercover cop trying to get back his kidnapped son from a drug-dealing nightclub owner. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Warner Bros. to Remake French Action Movie SLEEPLESS NIGHT

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What are film festivals for if not to introduce studio executives to foreign films they can remake?  The 2011 Toronto Film Festival put forth a nice set of remakeable properties.  Screen Gems has their eye on the Indonesian action movie The Raid; Warner Bros. found their own action movie from France.  According to Heat Vision, Warner Bros. has picked up he rights to make an English-language adaptation of Sleepless Night.  The original, directed by Frederic Jardin, centers “an undercover cop trying to get back his kidnapped son from a drug-dealing nightclub owner.”  Roy Lee will produce the American version; he has had prior success with remakes including The Ring, The Departed, and Quarantine.

Sleepless Night was a big hit in the Midnight Madness portion of the festival—Matt called it “one of the most exciting films” he’s seen at TIFF.  Hopefully both versions will eventually be available to us here in the U.S.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis.

TIFF 2011: SLEEPLESS NIGHT Review

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Frederic Jardin’s Sleepless Night is a taut, claustrophobic, and breathless chase and one of the most exciting films I’ve seen at TIFF.  Once night falls in the film, Jardin never breaks the tension as we follow a desperate father wind his way through a nightclub with no way out, no elaborate plan, and no easy solution to his dilemma.  Even more remarkable is how the film introduces so many players but keeps jumping around as different factions close in on our protagonist and his only options are to run, fight, hide, or all of the above.  It’s usually “all of the above.”

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