SUNDANCE: In the most high-profile piece of European business thus far at the festival, eOne and Wild Bunch have struck a deal over Jennifer Kent’s buzzy genre film.

Charlotte Mickie licensed rights on behalf of eOne Films International to Wild Bunch for France, Germany and Switzerland.

The Babadook has drawn enthusiastic reviews and screened three times to sell-out venues in Park City and is set to play again on January 21 and 25.

The Midnight selection tells of a tormented widow who tries to deal with her son’s fear of a nighttime monster and must eventually confront a sinister entity the house. 

Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman star alongside Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West and Ben Winspear.

Mickie and eOne have been a steady supplier of quality to the festival and their sales credits include the modern Australian crime classic Animal Kingdom as well as 2012 Oscar nominee Beasts Of The Southern Wild.

Jerome Rougier of Wild Bunch said, “Incredibly scary of course but also very smart and stylish, Jennifer Kent’s film easily matches recent outstanding horror films like The Orphanage or Insidious and we couldn’t be more excited to release it.”

Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere produced The Babadook and Umbrella Entertainment will release in Australia later this year.