Turkish horror film Baskin will soon terrorize American movie fans thanks to IFC Midnight, which has acquired all U.S. rights following the pic’s TIFF 2015 premiere. From first time feature director Can Evrenol, Baskin tells the tale of five cops working the graveyard shift who get called to investigate a disturbance out in the middle of nowhere. Without backup, the policemen wind up in a labyrinthine ruin that conceals the blood soaked den of a terrifying cult, plunging them into a bloody world of violent madness.
Produced by Muge Buyuktalas of MO Films, and executive produced by Todd Brown of XYZ Films and Mike Hostench, Baskin stars Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak. The deal was brokered by Nate Bolotin from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers, and by Arianna Bocco for IFC. International sales will be handled by the Salt. Company.
IFC probably knows it has potential gold on its hands; The film screened during the Midnight Madness section of TIFF, earning praise for its setting, intense gore and brutal violence. Baskin definitely connected with Deadline readers, with the exclusive trailer we premiered last month becoming one the most-watched videos posted in 2015.
The acquisition of Baskin‘s US rights sets it apart from the packed slate of movies. The big films playing Toronto are almost all still available even as buyers prepare to leave tomorrow, though we’re hearing that Music Box is buying Alexander Sokurov’s film about The Louvre, Francofonia.
Evrenol recently signed to WME for representation in North America.
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