CATEGORIES Foreign Language, Horror, Independent, Deals, Magnolia, Distribution, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalMagnet Releasing, the genre arm of distributor Magnolia Pictures, has been busy adding to their slate. Earlier this month, Scott Weinberg reported their acquisition of Donkey Punch, a UK thriller involving "sea-bound debauchery that goes horribly wrong." More recently, Jette Kernion told us they had picked up Special, a movie "about a guy [Michael Rapaport] whose antidepressant makes him think he's a superhero."
Now indieWIRE is reporting that the label has secured North American rights to Let the Right One In, described as "romantic horror ... based on a best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist about a lonely twelve year-old boy and his friendship with a young girl, who appears to be a vampire." I wonder if he suspected anything when he tried to kiss her and she sprouted fangs? Or when her mother kept on telling him, "Don't come over until after nightfall!" Pure speculation on my part, of course. Tomas Alfredson directed; he previously made Four Shades of Brown, a comedy/drama that I found exhausting, so this looks like a good change of pace.
The film has played a couple of European festivals and was picked up by Magnet out of the European Film Market. It's due for release in its native Sweden in April and has already received good reviews (Variety, Twitch). I love the variety of films that Magnet Releasing has acquired so far, in addition to those noted above: titles from France (Eden Log), Spain (Timecrimes), Japan (Big Man Japan), and Chile (Kiltro, Mirageman). We'll keep an eye out for a release date for Let the Right One In.