Santa Monica-based Lightning Entertainment will begin sales at AFM on its most high-profile narrative title to date, the Seven-like psychological thriller Anamorph starring Willem Dafoe and Scott Speedman.

The plot pits a tormented detective against a serial killer and old adversary who constructs crime scenes in a way that recalls earlier cases and forces the investigator to reassess his own history.

The title borrows its name from anamorphosis, a school of painting that was fashionable in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in which the viewer uses special devices to reconstitute a distorted image.

Clea Duvall and Peter Stormare also star in the film, which was written and directed by HS Miller, produced by Marissa McMahon, and premiered at the Milwaukee International Film festival in September.

Lightning senior vice president of acquisitions Joseph Dickstein acquired international rights from Endeavor's Graham Taylor.

'This is a unique thriller that intertwines psychological elements with a serial killer pursuit, in a story as creative, and as creepy, as you will find,' Lightning co-president Richard guardian said.

Lightning AFM slate includes the female-led drama Bonneville starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen, coming-of-age comedy Hey Hey, It's Esther Blueburger, horror-thriller Unrest, and teen comedy The Cougar Club.