IFC Films has acquired US rights from Wild Bunch to Gregg Araki’s out-of-competition Cannes film Kaboom and Mexican filmmaker Jorge Michel Grau’s Director’s Fortnight entry We Are What We Are.
Commenting on the latest moves in his company’s Cannes shopping spree, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring described the two titles as “the perfect films for us. We’ve always wanted to work with Gregg Araki and, with Kaboom, he’s delivered one of his best films to date. We also look forward to introducing Jorge Michel Grau to American audiences with We Are What We Are, one of the most original films at the festival.”
Comical thriller Kaboom is the story of an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town. Directed, written and edited by Araki and produced by Araki and Andrea Sperling, the film stars Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Benet, James Duval, Chris Zylka, Andy Fisher Price, Kelly Lynch and Roxanne Mesquida. Sebastien K Lemercier, Pascal Caucheteux and Jonathan Schwartz executive produced, with Pavlina Hatoupis co-producing.
We Are What We Are - which will be released by the company’s recently-launched genre and specialty label IFC Midnight - is a portrait of a family of cannibals struggling to survive after the death of its main provider. Grau, who also wrote the script, makes his feature directing debut and Nicolas Celis produces. Francisco Barreiro, Alan Chávez, Paulina Gaitán, Carmen Beato, Jorge Zárate and Esteban Soberánes star.
The deals for both films were negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vice president of acquisitions and co-productions for IFC Films and, on behalf of the filmmakers, Carole Baraton at Wild Bunch.