The Orchard Lands Toronto International Film Festival’s “Demon”
Nov 04, 2015
Los Angeles, CA – November 4, 2015 – The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired the North American distribution rights to Demon, from the late director Marcin Wrona. The film, which The Orchard will release in 2016, had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (Vanguard Section). It was directed, produced and co-written by Wrona with Pawel Maslona co-writing and Olga Szymanska serving as executive producer.
In Demon, a young man travels to the hometown of his future wife where he knows no one. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land to build, he finds human bones buried beneath the new property. Strange things begin to happen to change this happy couple’s life forever. Demon is a modern take on one of the most famous figures of Jewish folklore, the dybbuk, a spirit of a person not properly laid to rest that seeks to inhabit the body of a living person.
“I am thrilled to be working with an exciting and innovative company like The Orchard to bring our film to US audiences,” said Szymanska. “I know Marcin would have been so pleased to find a company as passionate and enthusiastic about this film as he was.”
“Demon is its own unique monster of sorts – moody and creepy, yet with an underlying satirical side that resonated with us,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP, Film and TV. “Marcin delivered a wonderfully original film and we hope to honor his memory with its release.”
Demon is the latest acquisition in what’s been a fruitful year for The Orchard. Last month, the company acquired another hot 2015 Toronto International Film Festival title, the horror anthology Southbound which will be released next year. Recent releases from The Orchard include Nasty Baby, The Overnight, Digging for Fire, Finders Keepers and 2015 Sundance Film Festival winner Cartel Land.
The deal for Demon was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, Director of Acquisitions for The Orchard, with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. Reel Suspects is currently selling the film at AFM.
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