Berlin: Strand Picks Up Horror 'Strange

Besides North American rights, Bac Films sells off slew of other territories before mart opens

Leading arthouse distributor Strand Releasing has snatched up all North American rights to Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s visually-stark horror thriller “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” from Bac Films.

The French-Belgian thriller marks the follow-up to Cattet and Forzani’s cult genre pic “Amer,” an eroticized homage to 1970s Italian Giallo horror films.

 “Tears” world-preemed at Locarno, went on to play at Toronto and is now being tipped for a U.S. festival. Strand plans for a late summer release. 

Deal was sealed by Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans  and Bac Films’ Clementine Hugot.

Described as a Giallo-inspired sexual horror-thriller, “Tears” turns on Dan (Klaus Tange) who returns to his Brussels home from a business trip and finds out his wife, Edwige (Ursula Bedena), has gone missing somewhere in his Art Nouveau-styled apartment building.

“We hope this film rings with fans of the Giallo films which it certainly draws its influences,” said Gerrans.

“After playing at so many festivals and sparking such anticipation from fans, we’re thrilled that this singular genre film will be distributed in North America by passionate distributor such as Strand Releasing,” said Gilles Sousa, head of sales at Bac Films.

Sousa told Variety the film was picked up by Koch Media for German speaking territories, Alto Media for South Korea and Njutafilms for Sweden in the run-up to the EFM.

Metrodome Distribution has U.K. rights.

Bac will handle the French released in March. At the EFM, the Paris-based shingle is hosting market screenings for Paolo Virzi’s drama “Human Capital,” which currently tops the Italian B.O., and Henrik Hellstrom’s “The Quiet Roar,” winner of Goteborg’s  cinematography prize. 

 Other titles on Strand Releasing’s slate include Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger By The Lake” and Oscar-nommed “The Missing Picture” by Rithy Panh.

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