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IFC Takes U.S. Rights To Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 1:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

IFC Midnight acquired U.S. rights to Antiviral, the Brandon Cronenberg-directed film that stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith and Malcolm McDowell. Produced by Niv Fichman, the film had its world premiere last month in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. Brandon, son of helmer David Cronenberg, wrote and made his feature directing debut on the film.

In Antiviral, an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities supplements his income by selling illegal samples on the black market to rabid fans who wish to partake in the ultimate form of communion. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills superstar Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and obsessed fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding the starlet’s death before he too meets a morbid end. Cronenberg sounds like a chip off the old block.

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Malcolm McDowell Boards Georgia-Set Feature Omnibus ‘Tbilisi, My City’

Tbilisi, My City is a sort of New York, I Love You about the republic of Georgia. David Agiashvili created the project that’s a series of 12-short films, each written and directed by natives of Georgia and all set in the capital city of Tbilisi. Malcolm McDowell’s vignette sees him as an actor who falls in love with the city after reluctantly agreeing to a one-month shoot there. Nika Agiashvili will direct the short, reteaming with McDowell and George Finn (LOL), who both also star in his upcoming feature, A Green Story. David Agiashvili is producing with Ketevan Galdavadze and Nika Agiashvili through Storyman Pictures and Iberia Film. Production starts later this month. McDowell will next be seen in Antiviral, the feature debut of David Cronenberg’s son Brandon which is screening in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes next month. McDowell is repped by Chris Roe at CR Management. Finn is repped by ICM and Luber Roklin Entertainment’s Lena Roklin and Mara Santino.

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