Irish Ciaran Foy’s agoraphobia inspired horror picture won the Midnighter Audience Award at the 2012 edition of SXSW.

Paris-based Films Distribution has acquired international rights to Irish director Ciaran Foy’s horror movie Citadel, about an agoraphobic father who joins forces with priest to save his daughter from a gang of feral children.

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“Citadel is a terrifying genre film and also a very personal work from director Ciaràn Foy, inspired by his own experiences of agoraphobia,” the film’s producers Katie Holly and Brian Coffey at Blinder Films and Sigma Films said in a joint statement. 

“We are delighted to be working with Films Distribution. Given their slate of award-winning innovative features we feel they are perfectly placed to handle Citadel,” they added.

The debut feature from Foy, Citadel won the Midnighter Audience award at the 2012 SXSW festival earlier this year.

Citadel delivers a disturbing and scary tale that will make its mark in the market… and in the buyers’ conscience”, says Nicolas Brigaud-Robert from Films Distribution. “We are always cautious at Films Distribution with our genre movie pick-ups but this was an immediate ‘go’ for us”.