Magnify acquires rights to supernatural thriller ‘Place of Ghosts’

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Magnify has acquired worldwide and U.S. sales rights (excluding Canada and Benelux) to the supernatural thriller “Place of Ghosts” from “Wildhood” director Bretten Hannam, set to enter production in August 2024.

Lorna Lee Torres, Magnify’s senior VP of sales, and Austin Kennedy, director of global sales, will launch the project in Cannes.

“Place of Ghosts” follows siblings Mise’l and Antle, who were close as children, but the trauma of their upbringing has caused them to grow apart as adults. When they are both haunted by a malevolent spirit of bones and rot, the siblings are forced to reunite.

They travel to Skite’kmujuekat’ik, the ‘Place of the Spirits’, an ancient forest of the Mi’kmaq people, where time bends and the past blends with the future. Wounded and poisoned by the vengeful spirit, Mise’l and Antle venture deeper into the dark forest to confront the half-buried corpse of their abusive father and face their unthinkable past.

“Bretten Hannam has created an ambitious and thematically rich indigenous horror/fantasy that engages with political and social history and contributes to the growing world of original genre film,” said Torres. “We are honored to collaborate with such a talented creative team supporting Bretten’s unique and deeply personal vision, which promises an unforgettable and mind-boggling journey through the wilderness.”

Hannam said: “This is a story about dealing with hidden trauma and cleansing wounds to heal. This is reflected in the characters and in the history of the forest itself that unfolds during their journey. As the two siblings at the center of this film descend into the primeval forest known as the Place of Ghosts, they come face to face with ancestors, future descendants, and their younger selves.

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‘The forest gives them what they need, even though they may be afraid of it. Fleeing the dire wolves of the Ice Age, they become entangled in a war from 300 years ago, all the while being hunted by a dark spirit that wants to poison them against each other before they can destroy them. More than just a lesson in history, the emotions and core of the story pave a path through dark fears and unsaid things, leading to a different way of relating to each other, the land around us and the complex history we all share. to understand. .”

“Place of Ghosts” is funded by Telefilm Canada and Canadian SVOD service Crave. Canadian distribution is provided by VVS.

The production team consists of Jason Levangie, Marc Tetreault, Martin Katz and Diana Elbaum. The executive producer is Cotty Chubb.

Magnify’s lineup also includes Cannes Director’s Fortnight selection ‘Christmas Eve in Miller’s Point’, directed by Tyler Taormina, Taiwanese screen thriller ‘Pierce’, Rafael Manuel’s ‘Filipiñana’, in collaboration with Film4, currently in production, and Sundance-stunning “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

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