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#Sundance: IFC Acquires Killer Inside Me

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2010 at 10:14AM

If IFC Films could buy U.S. rights to Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist out of Cannes, they can do the same with Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me, which has similarly ignited a raging debate out of Sundance over its violence toward women. In the film (adapted by John Curran from the 1952 Jim Thompson novel), Casey Affleck's sociopathic Texas sheriff's deputy beats two women to a pulp with his fists. Talk about pulp fiction.
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If IFC Films could buy U.S. rights to Lars von Trier's controversial Antichrist out of Cannes, they can do the same with Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me, which has similarly ignited a raging debate out of Sundance over its violence toward women. In the film (adapted by John Curran from the 1952 Jim Thompson novel), Casey Affleck's sociopathic Texas sheriff's deputy beats two women to a pulp with his fists. Talk about pulp fiction.

Variety reports that IFC paid $1.5 million for U.S. rights, which is steep for IFC, which has done prior business with producer Andrew Eaton and foreign sales agent Wild Bunch.

Distribs who I talked to said they would ask Winterbottom for cuts before considering a pick-up. But IFC has no such plans. "For now, we are planning on uncut theatrical and vod," writes one IFC executive in an e-mail, "but we still have to talk with michael and producers." The film will also screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Winterbottom's other Sundance entry, The Shock Doctrine, a documentary adaptation of the book by Naomi Klein, is on video-on-demand at Sundance Selects.

Mark Olsen defends Winterbottom.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.