Drafthouse Films has picked up rights to domestic thriller “Borgman” from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Helmed by Alex van Warmerdam (“Grimm,” “Abel”), and in the tonal vein of Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth” and Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games,” it is the first Dutch film to play in competition at the fest in nearly 40 years.
Here’s a more in-depth synopsis, which makes the film intriguingly sound like a horror version of Renoir’s “Boudu Saved from Drowning”:
“Borgman” is an allegorical tale exploring the nature of evil
in unexpected places. A vagrant enters the lives of an upper-class family,
igniting a descent from darkly comic dream to maddening psychological
nightmare. “I wanted to show evil through the abnormal behaviour of normal
people,” says Warmerdam at the film’s Cannes press conference, “the kind that
you can come across in the street.”
A stateside theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2014. Fans who enroll in the “Drafthouse Alliance” subscription program can guarantee pre-order of the film.