New Irish Film, The Cured, Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Wins International Prize Following Major Sales at TIFF
Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) congratulates the team behind David Freyne's The Cured, which scooped Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Film Fest in Austin, Texas. Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Sam Keeley and Ellen Page, the horror recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it was picked up for distribution in North America by IFC for a seven-figure number, with more international sales expected to follow.
Produced by Rory Dungan and Rachael O'Kane at Tilted Pictures, with Freyne writing and directing the film,The Cured, received critical acclaim for its exploration of social issues through the lens of horror, following its TIFF world premiere. For six years, a virus has devastated Europe, transforming people into zombie-like monsters. All is lost until a cure is found. The cure, which has a 75% success rate, restores the infected to full physical health, although the cured remember everything they did while infected. Three years into this great hope, the third wave of cured are ready for release in Ireland.
Speaking about the win, director David Freynes said: "We are really honoured to have received the Best Horror Feature at Fantastic Fest, which has become such a wonderful platform for the best of genre cinema. It's a lovely nod for everyone who worked so hard to make The Cured and a great boost for the film so soon after its world premiere at TIFF. And we feel in incredibly good company, with past award winners including The Babadook, Demon and It Follows."
Fantastic Film Fest is the largest film festival in the US, specialising in horror, fantasy, sci-fi and action from all around the world. The Cured was financed by the IFB, Northern Ireland Screen, and Bac Films.