Lions Gets Toronto Horror Thriller "Haute Tension" from France
by Eugene Hernandez
Lions Gate has acquired the French horror thriller "Haute Tension" from the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness section. The news comes on the heels of the company's successful opening weekend for "Cabin Fever," which it acquired in Toronto last year.
"Haute Tension" (High Tension), directed by French filmmaker Alexandre Aja, will be released by Lions Gate in the Spring of 2004, the company announced Tuesday.
"'Haute Tension', takes the horror thriller into a terrifying new dimension," said Lions Gate's Tom Ortenberg and Peter Block in a prepared statement. "Alexandre Aja has crafted a brutal, mesmerizing study in sheer, unmitigated suspense which will have audiences on the edge of their seats, when they are not under them."
Block and VP of acquisitions Jason Constantine negotiated on behalf of Lions Gate with Gregoire Melin and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam for EuropaCorp.
The film stars Cecile de France, Maiwenn, Philippe Nahon, Frank Khalfoun, and Andrei Finti. It is directed by Aja, and was written by Aja & Gregory Levasseur, and produced by Alexandre Arcady and Robert Benmussa, with cinematography by Maxime Alexandre.
Aja may be known to some for his short film "Over the Rainbow" which screened in Cannes in 1997. His first feature was the film "Furia" in 2000 and he co-wrote Alexandre Arcady's "Entre chiens et loups" last year.