EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has acquired North American rights to Australian psychological thriller Rabbit with a U.S. digital release planned for later this year. Instrum International has also boarded world sales and is introducing the film to buyers in Cannes.

Luke Shanahan’s feature debut stars Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby), Alex Russell (Unbroken, Chronicle) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown). It centers on medical student Maude Ashton (Clemens) who is haunted by dreams of her missing sister Cleo and convinced, against all available evidence, that she is still alive. Maude returns to their childhood home determined to find her. With the help of Cleo’s fiancé, Ralph (Russell), Maude tracks her twin to a hidden commune where she learns that their fates are intrinsically intertwined.
 
The picture made its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and is currently traveling the circuit, having played at Sitges and Fantastic Fest earlier this year.
 
“We’re very excited to be releasing the film with The Orchard,” said producer David Ngo. “Rabbit is a very unique film, filled with tension and great performances, and we can’t wait to release it to genre fans in North America and work with Instrum to get it out to the world.”
 
The U.S. deal was negotiated by Instrum’s Ryan Keller on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Evan Morehouse for The Orchard.
 
Ngo produced for Projector Films. The film was executive produced by Daniel Joyce, Clement Dunn, Phil Hunt, Bryce Menzies and Compton Ross.