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IFC Films Acquires Ultra-Violent The Killer Inside Me

IFC Films Acquires Ultra-Violent The Killer Inside MeAs the Sundance film fest wound down for another year, one last film managed to be acquired: Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of The Killer Inside Me starring Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba.

Per Variety the U.S. rights to The Killer Inside Me [were] sold to IFC Films for around $1.5 million. The flick, which co-stars Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman, Ned Beatty, and Elias Koteas, generated quite a bit of controversy due to its explicitly sexual and violent nature.

According to the New York Daily News, Alba left midway through last Sunday’s premiere and did not return for Monday’s screening, where the director was confronted by angry audience members demanding to know why it was necessary to show such gratuitous violence toward women. Winterbottom, who appeared shaken, defended himself by pointing out that the film was based on a 1952 pulp novel by Jim Thompson.

“It’s not the real world. It’s kind of a parallel version of the real world. … I was taken in by that world,” he said. “Although there is a lot of violence in it, and obviously there’s a lot of violence directed toward women, there’s also a lot of tenderness,” he added.

We’ll be able to judge for ourselves come late summer, 2010, which is when IFC plans to release The Killer Inside Me through its theatrical and VOD platforms.

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