Alex De la Iglesia closed out the Midnight Madness section of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with his totally off the wall new flick Witching and Bitching, which was recently released in his home country of Spain. When will the rest of us be able to check it out? Read on for details!
As reported by Variety, IFC Midnight has secured all North American distribution rights to the horror comedy, which they will release theatrically and on Video On Demand platforms here in the States next year. The film has been sold in more than 40 territories, with only the UK and Australia left to close.
The flick centers on a band of thieves trying to flee to France after purloining 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse is placed on them, and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese town of Zugarramurdi.
Witching‘s ensemble cast boasts some of Spain’s biggest film and TV stars, such as Mario Casas (I Want You), Hugo Silva (Sex, Parties and Lies), and Carmen Maura, who earned a Best Actress award at San Sebastian in 2000 for her role in Commonwealth. Further cast members are Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto, and Jaime Ordonez.
According to De la Iglesia, Witching and Bitching is a mix of his 1995 groundbreaking hit The Day of the Beast with multi-awarded 2000 comedy Commonwealth. “It is an outrageous comedy, in the line of ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,’ but a horror comedy,” De la Iglesia explains.
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