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Cannes: Jinga scores North America hat-trick

EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit strikes deals for three titles in Cannes: Worry Dolls, The Lesson and Last Girl Standing.

UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold three of its titles to North America in deals closed at the Cannes Marché.

Padraig Reynolds’ supernatural horror Worry Dolls [pictured] has been picked up by IFC Midnight, which in recent years has handled the US releases of horror films including Can Evrenol’s Baskin and Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.

Starring Christopher Wiehl (Jericho), Kym Jackson (Iron Sky) and Samantha Smith (Transformers), the film follows a detective racing against the clock to save his eight-year-old daughter from a voodoo curse. IFC previously released director Reynolds’ debut feature Rites Of Spring.

Jinga has also sold Ruth Platt’s thriller The Lesson to Shout! Factory. Starring Robert Hands (Shine), Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalova and Tom Cox, the film follows a bullied school teacher who has a mental breakdown, resulting in a terrifying act of revenge on his students.

Previous deals on the film were closed at this year’s Slamdance Festival.

Rounding off the trio of sales is Benjamin R Moody’s slasher Last Girl Standing, which has been picked up by MPI/Dark Sky Films.

Starring Akasha Villalobos as the sole survivor of a bloody massacre, the film follows her struggle to reclaim her shattered life.

Jinga and MPI/Dark Sky Films previously struck a deal earlier this year at Berlin’s EFM for romantic zombie comedy Night Of The Living Deb .

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