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May 18, 2012 4:31 AM
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CANNES: MPI Media Group Acquires Jaume Balaguero Creeper 'Sleep Tight' for Its Dark Sky Films Banner

Luis Tosar in "Sleep Tight."
MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to the Spanish psychological thriller “Sleep Tight,” directed by “[REC]” co-writer-director Jaume Balaguero. MPI’s genre arm Dark Sky Films will release the film theatrically in the fall, followed by availability on VOD. The acquisition occurred at the Cannes market.

Luis Tosar stars as a doorman who takes an unhealthy interest in denting the happiness of one of his annoyingly cheerful female apartment-building residents. The creeper played Fantastic Fest in the fall of 2011 before its popular release in Spain, where it has been nominated for a number of awards. Alberto Marini wrote the screenplay, and Julio Fernandez produced.

“MPI/Dark Sky Films is fortunate to work with some of the most talented directors in the genre,” said MPI exec Greg Newman, who runs the company’s new MPI Pictures distribution division. “We have long been fans of Jaume Balaguero, and in ‘Sleep Tight’ he has created a modern masterpiece of suspense.”

Newman negotiated the deal with Ivan Diaz of Filmax.

Dark Sky has recently released “The Innkeepers,” “Hatchet II” and “Stake Land.”

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3 Comments

  • Nicolas | August 18, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    The stupid title is wrong. This company did not acquire the film.

  • Armando | May 18, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    I watched this film at last year's FantasticFest.. and it was truly fantastic! One of the best thrillers I've seen in recent years. Very glad to hear that it'll be distributed stateside by Dark Sky.

  • Arch | May 18, 2012 8:48 AMReply

    It's all great news for Balaguero and this absolutely amazing movie. That said I'm curious to see how it will work. Unlike the vast majority of horror/thriller nowadays it truly IS a mind blowing movie and, no offense, but I'd say the bad-guy himself is nothing like what you could find in an American release. Pure unadulterated evil and an amazing performance from Tosar.