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Open Road Buys ‘Silent House,’ Eyes March 2012 Release

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 21, 2011 – Open Road Films has partnered with Liddell Entertainment for the U.S. release of SILENT HOUSE. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Mickey Liddell, CEO of Liddell Entertainment.

Directed by fillmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water), Silent House is an enthralling and unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Laura, a young woman whose panic growsinto terror as she finds herself sealed inside her family’s crumbling lake house. With no electricity and no contact to the outside world, events throughout the house become increasingly frightening and bloody.

Ortenberg stated, “Silent House is sure to resonate with audiences and we are thrilled to partner with Liddell Entertainment to bring this film to theaters. It’s great to reunite with Chris and Laura whose unique filmmaking talents don’t just scare people, but leave them talking about a film for days.”

This is the second deal between Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment this month. Open Road Films recently became the U.S. distributor of Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, the highly-anticipated survival thriller starring Liam Neeson.

“Elizabeth Olsen gives one of the most amazing performances I’ve seen from a young actress,” stated Liddell. “Laura Lau and Chris Kentis are such a great directing team and have brought yet another unique concept to the big screen. With Tom’s experience and Open Road’s talented team, we think this is great partnership for this film.”

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Sundance: Liddell Moves Into ‘Silent House’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mickey Liddell’s Liddell Entertainment has acquired domestic and most world rights to the horror film Silent House in a deal just brokered by CAA. I’m told the deal is a $3 million minimum guarantee, and a P&A commitment upwards of $3 million. Liddell gets all territories but UK, Scandanavia and the Middle East. Liddell, who made a splash last year backing the acquisition of the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Biutiful, is working with CAA to set a distributor. Several are circling, including Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company. The film made its debut in a  Friday midnight screening. A remake of the Gustavo Hernandez-directed Uruguayan thriller La Casa Muda, Silent House is the second film by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, filmmakers who helmed the 2004 Sundance midnight pic Open Water.

Elizabeth Olsen heads the cast. A family returns to their former boarded up house to spruce it up for sale. Once they hear a noise inside and investigate, the scares begin. The film was done in one long continuous shot, which could prove a catchy technique like those “found footage” fright films Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity.

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Sundance Welcomes Back ‘Open Water’ Duo With Late Addition ‘Silent House’

Mike Fleming

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has added another world premiere. Silent House, a thriller by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau will debut out of competition in the Midnight section. It’s a return to the festival for the filmmakers, who brought Open Water to the festival in 2004 and watched it become a sleeper success. The new film is described as a descent into madness, based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda. It stars Elizabeth Olsen. There are now a total of 118 feature films slated for the Park City festival.

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