After hailing Nicolas Pesce’s mesmerizing and terrifying debut as the “discovery of this year’s Sundance film festival” in our A- review, Indiewire has been waiting patiently for a distributor to step up, and it looks like Magnolia’s genre arm, Magnet Releasing, is officially our hero. Variety reports that the company has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the horror film and plans to release it theatrically later this year. Variety first reported the deal.
The feature film debut of Pesce, the movie is a black-and-white genre piece about the dark obsessions of a lonely young woman, Francisca. The official synopsis reads: “Francisca has been unfazed by death from an early age—her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, imbued her with a thorough understanding of the human anatomy. When tragedy shatters her family’s idyllic life in the countryside, her deep trauma gradually awakens some unique curiosities.”
“Nicolas Pesce has crafted an auspicious and unforgettable debut that immediately establishes him as one of the most exciting genre filmmakers to watch today,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in an official statement. “This is the kind of film Magnet was started for.”
“I’m very excited for the film to have found a home with Magnet,” added Pesce. “They’re responsible for releasing so many of the movies that inspired me, so to be included in this family is incredible.”
Magnet has been behind the releases of such acclaimed genre hits as “Let the Right One In” and “13 Assassins.” “The Eyes of My Mother” now joins Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” on the Magnet roster of films slated for this year.