Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films are partnering up to globally distribute Sundance horror breakout “Under the Shadow.” The film earned raves at Sundance, and its streaming rights were picked by up Netflix before the festival even got started.
The companies will coordinate a global day-and-date release on digital and VOD platforms, alongside a targeted theatrical release in select territories. Netflix will release the film worldwide shortly after the theatrical and transactional debut.
A Farsi-language horror-thriller, “Under the Shadow” is written and directed by Babak Anvari and stars Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi and Bobby Naderi. The film is set in Tehran in 1988 as the Iran-Iraq war rumbles into its eighth year. The bombing campaigns focused on the city, coupled with the country’s bloody revolution, slowly tear a mother and daughter apart. As they struggle to stay together in the midst of these modern terrors, a mysterious evil stalks through their apartment, threatening their grip on reality.
“We’ve once again found ourselves in awe of XYZ’s tastemaker approach to film and are thrilled to be partnering with them on a film we find to be unique not only in the genre itself, but also in its social message,” said Vertical’s Rich Goldberg in an official statement. “We’re excited to be collaborating with the team at Wigwam Films who have been instrumental in identifying the route to market for this film. ‘Under the Shadow’ is a special movie for us to be involved with, and we think audiences across the globe will feel the same.”
“This distribution alliance with Vertical and Netflix will ensure that ‘Under the Shadow’ has a chance to be seen by the largest audience worldwide for years to come,” added XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin. “Babak Anvari is a breakout filmmaking voice and it’s an honor to be a part of this chilling yet harrowing tale with its defiantly strong female performances.”
The release date is yet to be announced.