Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100, which had its world premiere at the Midnight Madness section of this month’s Toronto Film Festival. The plan is for a VOD/digital and theatrical release next year. Its U.S. premiere came over the weekend at Fantastic Fest in Austin –the backyard of Drafthouse parent Alamo Drafthouse Cinema — where it got a strong reception. The comedy centers on a lonely everyman who hires a boutique S&M agency that specialize in random acts of extreme public degradation. Needless to say a bizarre accident changes the terms of his contract and sends him into a spiral. The deal was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Miyuki Takamatsu of Free Stone Productions on behalf for producers.
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