Cannes 2017: Psycho Documentary 78/52 Ready to Make a Splash Overseas


We have more international distro news for you right now as reports are coming in from Cannes that the Alexandre O. Philippe-directed documentary 78/52 has reached deals with distributors in Australia/New Zealand (Monster), Italy (Koch Media), China (Huanxi Media), Spain (A Contracorriente), and France (Films Distribution). The news arrived via Screen Daily, who also provided the clip you’ll find below, which features Elijah Wood.

The film was previously acquired by IFC Midnight out of Sundance for its domestic release.

78/52 deconstructs the infamous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and features interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, and more, including Janet Leigh’s daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Anthony Perkins’ son, Osgood Perkins. Philippe wrote the script, which breaks down the scene that became a template for how to terrorize a movie audience with a combination of imagery and suggestion.

The title refers to the number of setups (78) and cuts (52) in the scene, which took one quarter of Psycho’s four-week shooting schedule.

78/52 is an Exhibit A Pictures production, produced by Kerry Deignan Roy and co-produced by Oliver Schwehm of ARTE G.E.I.E., Chad Herschberger of Milkhaus, Annick Mahnert of Screen Division, and Robert Muratore of EXA. Felix Gill of Sensorshot Productions, Joey Porcelli, and Randy Pharo served as executive producers.



Sign up for The Harbinger a Dread Central Newsletter