Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar’s “A Town Called Panic,” which will have its North American premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival, has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films. Based on the cult Belgian television series released, earlier this year the film was the first stop-motion animated feature selected to Cannes. It film follows a world populated by cheap plastic figurines of cowboys, Indians, farmers, police officers, horses, cows and pigs.
“Thank you Coproduction Office for entrusting us with this unique film,” Zeitgeist’s Co-President Nancy Gerstman said in a statement. “We fell in love with “A Town Called Panic” in Cannes and intend to give it the significant release it deserves. It’s a film anyone ages 8 through 80 can enjoy, and they will!”
A late December 2009 release is planned for the film. Also on tap for Zeitgeist’s upcoming theatrical releases include Rupert Isaacson and Michael Orion Scott’s “The Horse Boy”; Jennifer Baichwal’s “Act of God”; Gianni DiGregorio’s “Mid-August Lunch” and Felix Moeller’s “Harlan: In The Shadow of Jew Suss.”