Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Come Out And Play (El Juego De Niños), Belarus-born Makinov’s English-language horror film that made its world premiere last night at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. Cinedigm’s theatrical distribution will commence in early 2013, with subsequent rollout across on-demand, digital and DVD.
Beth (Vinessa Shaw) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) vacation before the birth of their child. Francis insists on venturing to a more serene locale, and Beth hesitantly agrees. They set out to a beautiful island, but soon discover it’s mysteriously abandoned and the only people on the island are children. Beth and Francis are left to uncover the mystery of the disappeared adults and a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival.
Written and directed by Makinov, Come Out And Play is produced by Mexico- and Los Angeles-based Canana. Pablo Cruz is the producer. Cloaking his true identity, Makinov wears a mask while working with his cast and crew, in an effort to enforce his personal vision of a cinema that detaches itself from the ego-driven model of the director.
“We’ll admit that at first we didn’t know what to make of Makinov,” said Vincent Scordino, VP Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. “That confusion ended upon seeing this provocative film. We can’t wait to introduce it to horror audiences, as well as anyone considering having children.”
“Canana is very excited to be working with a company that shares similar ideas and a passion for innovation,” Cruz says. “We can’t wait to see our film released in the U.S. by Cinedigm. And we know Makinov will be as happy as we are.”
The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by Cinetic Media, and for Cinedigm by Vincent Scordino.
Additionally in the horror vein, Citadel, Ciaran Foy’s Irish agoraphobia horror film, releases from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company later this fall.