BUENOS AIRES – IFC Midnight has acquired all North American distribution rights to Alex de la Iglesia’s horror comedy “Witching & Bitching” the closing night film at Toronto Fest’s Midnight Madness.
Though still boasting an acerbic edge – the film turns on the war of the sexes as love as perennial power struggke, per De la Iglesia – for many critics, “Witching & Bitching” marks a return to the zany, satiric genre-grafting style of early De la Iglesia’s movies, yoking black comedy, a relish for local detail, fantasy genre and this time round vfx rarely seem in Spain.
“Witching & Bitching” will see a theatrical U.S release in 2014 and simultaneous bow on VOD platforms.
Arianne Bocco and Sean Berney negotiated the deal for IFC Midnight with Vicente Canales at Film Factory Ent., “Witching & Bitching’s” sales agent.
“We’re glad to have closed this deal with such a great company as IFC Midnight. We all think we found the perfect home for ‘Witching & Bitching,’” Canales said.
“Since the beginning, they were always passionate and enthusiastic with the film. I am sure they will do a great job,” he added.
The North American sale crowns one of the most felicitous commercial receptions for an Alex de la Iglesia title since his English-language “The Oxford Murders” a half-decade back.
Abroad, having sold more than 40 territories, “Witching & Bitching” is romping towards being sold out, with just a few major territories – the U.K, Australia – left to close.
On home turf, released by Universal, “Witching & Bitching’ has grossed $6.5 million, topping Spanish charts on its Sept. 27 bow a few days after being received with applause at the San Sebastian Festival. That trawl at a sagging Spanish box office is on a par with Pedro Almodovar’s latest, “I’m So Excited!” and makes it one of only a clutch of Spanish films – along with “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” which Film Factory also sells, to make an impact this year at local tills.
Produced by Enrique Cerezo PC, and France’s Verane Frediani and Franck Ribiere at La Ferme! Productions, De la Iglesia’s regular French co-producers, “Witching & Bitching” co-stars teen heart-throbs Mario Casas and Hugo Silva as two ne’er-do-wells who pull a Madrid heist, then flee towards France, only to fall into the maws of local witches at Navarre’s Zugarramurdi, its millennium-old coven center of occult activities.