IFC Midnight Takes U.S. Rights to Brandon Cronenberg's 'Antiviral'


The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, is set in a clinic that harvests the viruses of sick celebrities.

IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, which had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

The first feature film from Brandon Cronenberg, who is David Cronenberg’s son, the futuristic film is set in a clinic that harvests live viruses from sick celebrities and then sells them to the celebrities’ rabid fans. It stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith and Malcolm McDowell and was produced by Niv Fichman of RhombusMedia.

?"Antiviral is a stunningly smart debut from Brandon Cronenberg, who is greatly aided by his strong stars Caleb Landry Jones and Sarah Gadon, as well as Karim Hussain's cinematography. The film manages to skewer our culture's obsession with celebrity while also delivering more than a fair share of chills and gruesome body horror,” ?Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said.

Antiviral was produced by Rhombus Media with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the OMDC. The film will be released in Canada by Alliance Films and in the UK by its subsidiary Momentum Pictures.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vp of acquisitions and productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Gregory Chambet of TF1 International on behalf of the filmmakers.