Sundance Deals: ‘Simon Killer’ Acquired by IFC Films

The Sundance film is a moody, atmospheric thriller about a college graduate who becomes obsessed with a prostitute

IFC Films has purchased the North American rights to the thriller "Simon Killer," TheWrap has confirmed. 

Directed by Antonio Campos and starring Brady Corbet, the film centers on a recent college student who travels to France where he meets and becomes involved with a prostitute. 

Campos wrote the screenplay for the film. He is a co-founder of the filmmaker collective Borderline Films, which was behind last year's Sundance breakout "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

In a generally favorable review, the Guardian's Jeremy Kay wrote, "'Simon Killer' is a difficult, dark ride. It's well acted but a little flabby and internalised in places, punctuated by unsettling stroboscopic digital wipes and distinguished by a seductive, urgent score and soundtrack."

"Simon Killer" was fully financed by FilmHaven Entertainment and produced by Josh Mond, Sean Durkin, and Matt Palmieri.

CAA represented FilmHaven in the negotiations while UTA represented Borderline.