By Brad Miska
Raven Banner has snapped up Canadian rights to Gaspar Noe’s award-winning film, Climax, at the Cannes Film Festival, Bloody Disgusting learned this morning. The widely acclaimed Directors’ Fortnight film took top honours, earning the Art Cinema Award.
The film stars Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and follows a young dance troupe who descend into madness after they are all drugged at a celebration.
“Climax is an exhilarating descent into hell,” stated Raven Banner’s Managing Partner, Michael Paszt, “We look forward to taking Canadian audiences down the rabbit hole.”
The indie distributor is expected to release the movie in theaters later this year alongside A24, who acquired U.S. rights.
The film is produced by Edouard Weil, Vincent Maraval, Richard Grandpierre and Michel Merkt, and co-produced by Les Cinémas de la Zone, Artémis Productions and VICE Studios. Danny Gabai and Eddy Moretti Executive Produced for VICE Studios, who helped finance.
Raven Banner recently closed a financing deal with the U.S.-based De Angeles Films to boost its presence in the Canadian market, production, worldwide acquisitions and sales slate. Previous releases include It Came From The Desert, Andre Ovredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Turbo Kid and Ryan Prow’s Lowlife.