IFC Scoops Up Cannes & Fantastic Fest Drama ‘The Innocents’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to coming-of-age supernatural drama The Innocents, which debuted at Cannes and has simply been introduced for Fantastic Fest.

The darkish morality fable, which unfolds beneath the brilliant Nordic solar, follows a bunch of younger kids who turn into associates throughout the summer season holidays, drawn collectively by the invention of mysterious shared talents. Out of sight of the adults, the youngsters bond shortly, exploring their newfound powers and testing their limits within the forests and playgrounds surrounding their brutalist condo advanced. As the youngsters’s loyalties shift and small cruelties escalate, their harmless play takes a darkish flip in the direction of the malevolent, and unusual issues start to occur.

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IFC plans to launch the movie from writer-director Eskil Vogt in 2022.

One of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed latest screenwriters, recognized for his collaborations with Joachim Trier, together with Thelma, Louder Than Bombs, and Oslo, August 31, Vogt made his directorial debut with the 2014 Sundance and Berlin winner Blind.

His second function as writer-director, The Innocents stars Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, and Sam Ashraf alongside Morten Svartveit and Ellen Dorrit Petersen.

The movie was produced by Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film, in co-production with Zentropa Sweden, Film i Vast, Snowglobe, Bufo, Logical, Zefyr, and Don’t Look Now.

The U.S. deal for the movie was negotiated between IFC Films and Protagonist’s Chief Commercial Officer George Hamilton and Chief Operating Office James Pugh.

Vogt was outstanding on the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with two movies, premiering The Worst Person within the World in competitors with Joachim Trier and making his first directorial Cannes look with The Innocents in Un Certain Regard,

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, stated: “Eskil Vogt is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in Scandinavia today. He has developed a distinct voice through his many high-profile writing credits over the years, and it’s with much excitement that we are now able to partner with him on his second directorial feature The Innocents. Although the film explores horror on a more supernatural level, there is a deeply rooted story of the complexities of morality layered in between, which makes this the perfect fit for IFC Midnight.”

Director Eskil Vogt added: “I’ve been a long-time admirer of how IFC Films have championed independent and genre bending cinema in an ever changing marketplace. They have such a great and innovative team and I couldn’t be happier to work with them in unleashing The Innocents in the U.S.”

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