By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 15, 2011 at 4:24PM
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to the thriller "Rites of Spring," directed and written by Padraig Reynolds.The genre bending film concerns a group of kidnappers whose plans are thwarted when they encounter a mysterious creature in their hideout. No release date has been announced of yet.
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IFC MIDNIGHT TAKES U.S. RIGHT TO PADRAIG REYNOLDS’ RITES OF SPRING
New York, NY (December 15, 2011)– IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds’ thriller RITES OF SPRING. The film, with a screenplay also by Reynolds, stars A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolf, Marco St. John, Hannah Bryan, Sarah Pachelli, James Bartz, Shanna Forestall, Skylar Burke, and Andrew Breland. Bobby Benton and John Norris served as executive producers while Wes Benton and Eric Thompson produced.
In RITES OF SPRING, a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "We're thrilled to be working with Padraig Reynolds on his immensely entertaining, genre-bending thriller. He's a major talent, and it is sure to be one of our most popular IFCMidnight titles next year."
Bowenrecently starred in the critically acclaimed YOU’RE NEXT which made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where it was acquired by Lionsgate.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Midnight is a sister division to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.