Darclight Films announces the Cannes market premiere of CONTRACTED
A One Night Stand From Hell
LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2013) – Darclight Films announces the acquisition and Cannes market premiere of psychological horror-thriller CONTRACTED. First-look screenings will be presented to buyers starting next week.
CONTRACTED takes the traditional Zombie story and seamlessly transforms it into something wholly modern and horrifying, a macabre trip that needs to be experienced to believe it.
CONTRACTED tells the terrifying tale of a young girl who as a one-night stand with a stranger, contracting what she thinks is an sexually transmitted disease, but is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she's sent on a disturbing and bloodcurdling journey, sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. With nail-biting suspense and frightening twists, CONTRACTED is a horror film for those who think they've seen it all.
“CONTRACTED is a uniquely breakthrough and edgy genre-driven film with a shrewd twist on the traditional zombie film and worldwide commercial viability,” said Clay Epstein, VP Sales & Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “We’re excited to present CONTRACTED to buyers and audiences in Cannes.”
Contracted is directed by Eric England (MADISON COUNTY), and features a who's who of horror film and television thesps including: Najarra Townsend (2005's hit indie ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, 90210) Caroline Williams (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2, HATCHET 3, NIP/TICK), celebrated horror force Simon Barrett (V/H/S, ABC'S OF DEATH, YOU'RE NEXT), Charlie Koontz (COMMUNITY, RUBBER), Dave Holmes (RENO: 911 DVD ON TV), and Ruben Pla (INSIDIOUS), amongst others.
"We’re delighted to be partnering up with Clay Epstein and the Arclight team,” said producer Raphael Margules. “They understand the picture and we’re eager to unveil it to audiences worldwide. We believe CONTRACTED offers what genre fans want from a horror film, with new twists and turns sure to have them gasping for breath."
“CONTRACTED tells a disturbing side of the story that other zombie films have never told,” said director Eric England. “We had an amazing cast and crew on this film that helped create something so unnerving and relatable, that you'll be glad it's not happening to you.”
Darclight Films is handling international sales for CONTRACTED and XYZ Films will be handling North American sales. The Film was produced by Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz of BoulderLight Pictures.
About Arclight Films
Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home video and is celebrating its tenth year in business. Arclight Films has sold over 130 motion pictures including the 2004 Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and 2007 Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY.
Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hit WOLF CREEK (2005) and the current slate that includes 3D shark action thriller BAIT and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (2008) starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES (2010) starring Donnie Yen, legendary auteur Chen Kaige's SACRIFICE (2011) and a live action adaptation of the world-renowned legend MULAN, now in pre-production. The latest additions to Easternlight’s slate include 2012 Cannes Film Festival “Directors Fortnight” official selection DANGEROUS LIASIONS, THE ASSASSINS starring Chow Yun Fat and BADGES OF FURY starring Jet Li.
Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto.
For more information on Arclight Films please visit www.arclightfilms.com
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