You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cinedigm/New Video nab SXSW’s ‘Citadel’

Pic won Midnighter award at film festival

Cinedigm and New Video have jointly nabbed U.S. distribution rights to “Citadel,” Ciaran Foy’s Dublin-set chiller that recently world preemed at Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Midnighter aud award.

Pic marks the first scripted acquisition under the recently announced pact between the two companies to buy and distribute indie titles theatrically in North America via Cinedigm and across New Video’s on-demand, digital and homevideo platforms.

Citadel” is an Irish/Scottish co-production, produced by Katie Holly of Blinder Films and Brian Coffey of Sigma Films, and is funded by the Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board, Creative Scotland, Section 481 and U.K. Tax Credit.

Kieron J. Walsh, Gillian Berrie and David Mackenzie served as exec producers.

The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films and the UTA Independent Film Group.

“Citadel” stars Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard (who also starred in SXSW title “Hunky Dory”) as a young widowed father battling agoraphobia in a rundown inner-city project where feral children inhabit an abandoned block tower and prowl by night.

” ‘Citadel’ is a disturbing, powerful and altogether original psychological horror film,” commented Cinedigm Entertainment Group COO Bob Fiorella. “Garnering remarkable reviews for first-time writer-director Ciaran Foy, we believe ‘Citadel’ is poised to find a wide U.S. audience, and we are unbelievably proud to make it the first scripted acquisition in our new joint venture.”

“Ciaran Foy clearly made his mark at SXSW as a rising star with incredible talent,” said New Video co-prexy Susan Margolin.

Robbie Allen, portfolio manager of Film at Creative Scotland added, “We are delighted that the successful launch of ‘Citadel’ at SXSW has resulted in this distribution deal. It’s great that audiences in the US will get to see this film, which is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when Irish and Scottish talent work in partnership.”

Cinedigm, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., plans to open “Citadel” this fall, with New Video rolling the pic out on its platforms in early 2013.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Judy & Punch review

    Damon Herriman Stands Out as 'The Nightingale' and 'Lambs of God' Lead AACTA Nominations

    Dark thriller, “The Nightingale” and miniseries “Lambs of God” lead the pack at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. In nominations announced on Wednesday, they picked up 15 and 18 nods, respectively. Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale” was one of six films nominated in the best film category. With others including Mirrah Foulkes’ [...]

  • Cardi B

    Cardi B Joins Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious 9'

    Cardi B has joined the cast of Universal’s “Fast & Furious 9” in an undisclosed role. It’s the rapper’s first movie part since her role as the stripper Diamond in STX’s drama “Hustlers.” Vin Diesel disclosed the casting Tuesday in a post on his Instagram account with a video that showed him and Cardi B [...]

  • James Wan

    Film News Roundup: James Wan's Horror Thriller 'Malignant' Gets August Release

    In today’s film news roundup, James Wan’s “Malignant” gets a late-summer release, a Rita Hayworth documentary is shooting and Women in Animation have announced diversity awards winners. RELEASE DATE Warner Bros. has set an Aug. 14 release date for James Wan’s horror thriller “Malignant.” Wan will direct the movie, based on a story by Wan [...]

  • Michael Shannon Benedict Cumberbatch Tuppence Middleton

    How Martin Scorsese Saved 'Current War' From Harvey Weinstein

    Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon finally gets to release his version of his long-in-the-making “The Current War.” The film, about the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, was originally set to be distributed by the Weinstein Company after Harvey Weinstein recut it, much to Gomez-Rejon’s chagrin. To make matters worse, Weinstein premiered the movie at the [...]

  • 42west logo

    42West Co-CEO Allan Mayer Hospitalized After Car Accident

    42West Co-CEO Allan Mayer is in the hospital due to injuries from an Oct. 17 car accident, Variety has confirmed. The public relations firm described the crash as “serious” and said that he had surgery on Oct. 20 to help repair multiple broken bones. “Allan and his family thank everyone for the outpouring of love and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content