IFC Midnight Acquires North American Rights to Genesis Rodriguez’s Arctic Thriller “Centigrade”

Genesis Rodriguez is bringing the chill (and thrill) to the United States… 

IFC Midnight has acquired the North American rights to Brendan Walsh’s contained Arctic thriller Centigrade, starring the 32-year-old Cuban and Venezuelan actress.

Génesis Rodríguez

Based on true events, Rodriguez and Vincent Piazzastar in the story about a 2002 incident when a young American couple traveled to the arctic mountains of Norway. After pulling over during a snowstorm, they wake up trapped in their SUV, buried underneath layers of snow and ice. It’s soon revealed that the woman is eight months pregnant. Amid escalating tension between them and dwindling supplies, the couple battles -30C temperatures, hallucinations and hypothermia in their struggle to survive.

The completed film was written by Daley Nixon and Walsh.

“It’s a thrill and honor for me and the entire Centigradeteam to be premiering in North America with IFC,” said Walsh. “It makes all the cold days shooting a car in a freezer totally worthwhile. They are true champions of Independent Film and fully recognize the efforts film makers go through to make their film different and special. We couldn’t be happier with our North American distributors and look forward to finding international distributors in Berlin.”

Rodriguez’s previous credits include Man on a LedgeCasa de Mi PadreWhat to Expect When You’re ExpectingThe Last StandTusk and Run All Night.

IFC Midnight to Debut Villar’s “Carnage Park” in July

Michael Villar is hitting the Park this July…

IFC Midnight will release Carnage Park, Mickey Keating’s sniper horror film starring the half-Spanish American actor.

Michael Villar

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will hit New York on July 1, day-and-date with its Video on Demand bow. It will expand to Los Angeles later that month, but no firm date was set.

Set in 1978, Carnage Park follows two crooks (James Landry Hebert and Villar) who botch a bank job then hit the road with a hostage (Ashley Bell). After one of the hoods checks out, the surviving duo happens upon the isolated desert outpost of a psychotic ex-military sniper (Pat Healy), who turns their escape into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Darby Stanchfield and Alan Ruck also star.

Keating wrote and directed Carnage Park, which IFC Midnight describes as a “gritty, grisly homage to the glory days of grindhouse cinema.”

IFC Midnight acquired the film at SXSW.

IFC Films’ Acquires U.S Distribution Rights to Marc Carreté’s First Feature “Asmodexia”

It looks like Marc Carreté will be invoking fear in the U.S.

IFC Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Spanish filmmaker’s first feature film Asmodexia.


IFC Midnight plans to release the Barcelona-set horror film in the fall.

Asmodexiafollows an exorcist (portrayed by Lluis Marco) and his granddaughter (Claudia Pons) over five days as they try to help the people possessed by a fast-spreading infection of the soul and are tracked by a mysterious cult.

The film also stars Albert Baró, Marta Belmonte, Pepo Blasco and Marina Durán.

No word on an exact release date.

IFC Midnight Acquires the U.S. Distribution Rights to Rivera’s Thriller “Home”

All’s moving forward on the home front for Naya Rivera

IFC Midnight has acquired the distribution rights to 27-year-old half-Puerto Rican actress and Glee star’s feature film Home, following its premiere last month at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival.

Naya Rivera in Home

From writer-director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), the thriller stars Rivera, Academy Award-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Awkward’s Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres.

It centers on an ambitious real estate agent (Moreno) who is selling a house with a checkered past. When she tries to help the runaway daughter of the property’s owners, she and her sister (Rivera) cross paths with a sinister supernatural force.

IFC Midnight will release Home in theaters and via video on demand (VOD) this year.

Hayek’s Spanish Film to Be Released in the U.S.

Salma Hayek landed a Best Actress nomination at this year’s Goya Awards for her work in As Luck Would Have It… And, now it appears American audiences will finally be able to watch her stellar performance.

IFC Midnight has announced that it is acquiring all United States and United Kingdom rights to director Álex de la Iglesia’s award-worthy Spanish film.

Salma Hayek in As Luck Would Have It

Screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, As Luck Would Have It is having its North American premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight Section.

Starring Jose Mota, Salma Hayek, Blanco Portillo and Fernando Tejero, the film centers on an out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.

As Luck Would Have It received two Goya Award nominations, including Best Actress for Salma Hayek’s performance and Best New Actor for Jose Mota’s performance.