Cannes: A24 Takes Rights to SXSW Winner ‘Krisha’ Plus Director’s Next Film

A24 has acquired U.S. distribution rights for Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha,” which won the SXSW grand jury and audience awards for narrative feature.

In a deal announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, A24 will also produce and distribute Shults’ upcoming horror film “It Comes at Night.” Visit Films is handling international sales.

Shults began his career in film as an intern on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and worked in the camera department for Malick’s “Voyage of Time” and “Weightless.” He wrote, directed and produced “Krisha,” based on his short film of the same name, featuring his own family as much of the cast in a drama set in Texas over a turbulent Thanksgiving weekend.

The micro-budget film was produced by Justin R. Chan, Chase Joliet and Wilson Smith and executive produced by J.P. Castel and Jonathan R. Chan.

“It Comes at Night” will follow a father who will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent presence terrorizing them outside their doorstep.

Shults is represented by WME, who brokered the deal with A24 for both films.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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