U.S. rights to Gaspar Noe's Sundance 2010 feature "Enter the Void" has been picked up by IFC Films, the company announced ahead of its debut in the festival's Spotlight section. The film is the director's follow-up to the 2002 award-winning and controversial film, "Irreversible." IFC Films' Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch. The film will be released in 2010 via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings films to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
Premiering last year in Cannes and Toronto, the film is inspired by the "Tibetan Book of the Dead." "Void" centers on Oscar and his sister Linda, recent arrivals in Tokyo. Oscar is a small time drug dealer, and Linda works as a nightclub stripper. One night, Oscar is caught up in a police bust and shot. As he lies dying, his spirit, faithful to the promise he made his sister - that he would never abandon her - refuses to abandon the world of the living. His spirit wanders through the city, his visions growing evermore distorted, evermore nightmarish. Past, present and future merge in a hallucinatory maelstrom.
The film stars newcomers Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta ("The Limits of Control") and Cyril Roy.
"'Enter the Void' is an experience that is almost impossible to describe," said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "Gaspar Noe is at the peak of his filmmaking powers with this film that is destined to become a cult classic. The entire team is thrilled to be working on this film and with Gaspar. It's the perfect film for all of our platforms."