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Cinemavault takes ‘Messiah’ global

Canuck co. nabs rights to Theriault tale

HOLLYWOOD — Toronto-based Cinemavault Releasing has picked up worldwide rights, excluding Canada, to the psychological thriller “Savage Messiah,” starring Polly Walker and Luc Picard.

Pic, directed by Mario Azzopardi, is a highly controversial true story about the seductively charming cult leader Roch Theriault, who presided over a bizarre commune that included his eight wives and 26 children. Walker stars as a small-town social worker who fights to expose Theriault for his abusive and horrific cult activities. Sharon Riiis wrote the pic, produced by Bernard Zukerman, and exec produced by Muse Entertainment’s Michael Prupas and Jamie Brown.

Pic, released by indie distributor Christal Films in Quebec, has grossed $666,850.

Cinemavault has handled a number of award-winning films internationally since its inception in 1985, including last year’s Cannes Camera d’Or winner “Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)”, which will be released later this year by Lot 47 Films; the critically acclaimed “Innocence,” by Paul Cox; and Alan Rudolph’s “Equinox,” with Matthew Modine.