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Netflix has picked up worldwide rights outside of France, Spain and China to The Swarm, a horror thriller from French director Just Philippot about a woman who develops an obsessional bond with grasshoppers she is breeding as a high-protein crop. The woman, played by French actress Suliane Brahim, finds herself growing closer to her demanding swarm of bugs as they begin to develop a taste for human blood.
Set in rural France, Philippot’s film combines horror with social drama.
The Swarm was among five features and 10 shorts selected for Cannes Critics’ Week’s special 2020 Semaine de la Critique label after the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, The Swarm has screened at France’s Angoulême Francophone Festival, and it will make its international debut at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival for fantasy and genre film, on Oct. 18.
Netflix acquired The Swarm from Wild Bunch International, which is handling sales on the title.
The film will launch worldwide on the streamer Dec. 4. Producer Capricci Films and The Jokers Films will bow The Swarm in France on Nov. 4. Capricci’s Spanish distribution arm will launch it in Spain on Nov. 20.
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