Los Angeles (October 11, 2011) – Millennium Entertainment’s CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s chilling Intruders, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, followed by a European premiere in San Sebastian. Millennium Entertainment will release the film theatrically April 2012. Fresnadillo directed the haunting film, starring Clive Owen, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell and Izán Corchero, from a screenplay by Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques. Intruders was produced by Enrique López Lavigne, Belén Atienza and Mercedes Gamero, and executive produced by Jesus de la Vega and Ricardo Garcia Arrojo.
Intruders is a disturbing film in which reality and imagination mingle and overlap. Juan (Izán Corchero) and Mia (Ella Purnell), two children living in different countries, are visited each night by a faceless intruder, a terrifying being who wants to take possession of them.
“Intruders is an accessible chiller with high entertainment value, but the film is also a smart, psychological journey which will appeal to sophisticated audiences,” said Bill Lee, CEO of Millennium Entertainment. “The film resonated hauntingly with our team in Toronto, and we’re enthused to work with Juan Carlos to bring the film to theatres this spring.”
“It’s been an absolute thrill to experience audience reactions to the film at Toronto and San Sebastian, and exciting to also have the team at Millennium respond so strongly,” said Fresnadillo. “I look forward to working with them in bringing the film to North American audiences.”
Fresnadillo’s previous credits include Intact, 28 Weeks Later and the short film Esposados, which garnered an Academy Award® nomination. Fresnadillo has also been tapped to direct the Highlander remake for Summit later this year.
Vincent Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium Entertainment with Rich Klubeck and David Flynn of the UTA Independent Film Group representing production.
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