TIFF 2011: Juan of the Dead Gets its Green Card!

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One flick we’re really looking forward to around these parts is the first horror film to come out of Cuba, Juan of the Dead, and if you need to ask yourselves why, look no further than the hilarious new trailer. And then start looking forward to a domestic release!

According to Variety John Sloss and Bart Walker’s Cinetic Media has boarded Cuban Alejandro Brugues’ zombie comedy Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead). Cinetic Media will represent Dead for its North American sale along with Alfredo Calvino’s Mexico-based Latinofusion.

Juan de los Muertos, as it’s known in its homeland, is a co-production among Spain, Mexico, and Cuba budgeted at 1.3 million Euros.

Juan is a typical forty-year-old slacker. One day Havana begins to fill up with zombies. Juan decides that the best way to cope with it is to prosper. “Juan of the dead killed their loved ones” is his slogan, and his mission is to help people get rid of those infected around them … for a price. But the situation gets worse — while everyone is escaping to sea as a means to get away, Juan is left with no choice but to become a hero, staying to defend his country and protect his own on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath.

TIFF 2011: Juan of the Dead Gets its Green Card!

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