ICM aims left of center, inks pair of helmers

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ICM has signed directors Tommy Wirkola and Adam Salky hot off their strong showings at the Sundance Film Festival.

Wirkola co-wrote and directed "Dead Snow," a Norwegian horror film that screened in Sundance's Midnight section. The movie, acquired by IFC Films, is a tale of medical students who encounter Nazi zombies while on a snowy vacation. It was compared to the early genre movies of James Cameron and Sam Raimi.

Salky directed "Dare," which premiered in dramatic competition. The movie stars Emmy Rossum and focuses on the sexual awakening of three teens at a suburban prep school. It is based on Salky's 2005 short film that he conceived with writer David Brind when the two were students at Columbia University.

Both were in signed in a competitive environment.

The deals continue ICM's streak of finding up-and-coming helmers from around the world making left-of-center movies, something the agency has tried to do since repping such names as Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski. Recent signings include Matteo Garrone ("Gomorrah") and Pascal Laugier ("Martyrs"). (partialdiff)
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