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AFM: K5 Picks Up Stephen Fingleton’s Thriller ‘The Survivalist’

LONDON — Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl. has taken international rights to writer/director Stephen Fingleton’s thriller “The Survivalist,” and added the film to its AFM slate.

Written and directed by Fingleton (“Magpie,” “SLR,” “Shirin”), “The Survivalist” is a dystopian thriller set in a time of starvation, where a lone man lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest, protecting his crop from intruders with his shotgun and improvised traps. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him, and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality.

Everything changes when a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover the farm. Desperate for food and shelter, the mother offers up her daughter to spend the night with him in return for bed and board. Overcome with desire, the man breaks his strict code of self-preservation and accepts them into his cabin. As the exchange becomes an uneasy ongoing arrangement, the women plot to get rid of him and have the farm for themselves.

Martin McCann (“Shadow Dancer,” “Clash of the Titans”), Mia Goth (“Nymphomaniac”) and Olwen Fouere (“This Must Be the Place”) star in the film, the script of which was featured on the 2012 Hollywood Blacklist as well as the 2013 Brit List.

Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Gilbery produced and financed the pic through The Fyzz Facility. The film was shot in Northern Ireland, developed and funded by Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI.

Simon said, ” ‘The Survivalist’ is bold, smart and raw, and at times erotic too. It’s intelligent genre cinema at its best and Stephen Fingleton is a genuine new talent.”

K5 will also bring Caryn Waechter’s “The Sisterhood of Night,” starring Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward, Kal Penn and Laura Fraser to AFM. Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“The Talented Mr Ripley,” “The Darjeeling Limited”), the film is based on a short story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Millhauser about friendship and loyalty set against the backdrop of a modern-day Salem witch trial.

The film chronicles a group of girls who have slipped out of the world of social media and have retreated to a secret society in the woods. Allegations of sexually deviant acts throw them into the national media spotlight and their teenage years are changed forever by the internet age.

Alongside these newly announced titles, K5 also has German horror film “Der Nachtmahr,” directed by artist and filmmaker Akiz (Achim Bornhak). Championed by David Lynch and Banksy, Akiz’s art has been shown at MOMA in New York and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

K5’s Ethan Hawke-Chet Baker project “Born To Be Blue” and Armie Hammer thriller “Mine” from Peter Safran will also be presented at the AFM.

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