IFC Midnight recently announced they are acquiring North American rights to the Welsh-language supernatural revenge horror The Feast. BAFTA-winning television director Lee Haven Jones directs in his feature debut. IFC Midnight will release the film Thanksgiving 2021.
Rooted in the potent mythical fables of Wales, The Feast unfolds over the course of a single evening as a wealthy family gathers at their lavish home in the Welsh mountains for a dinner party, hosting a local businessman and neighboring farmer to broker a business deal to mine the surrounding countryside. A mysterious young woman arrives to be their waitress for the evening. Now the family’s beliefs and values are challenged as her quiet yet disturbing presence begins to unravel their lives – slowly, deliberately, and with the most terrifying of consequences. A slow-burn meditation on history and tradition, greed and responsibility, identity and difference. The Feast is a contemporary morality tale. One that questions who is truly meant to inherit the earth; permeated with a mounting sense of dread that leads to a horrifying and also blood-soaked conclusion.
Directed by Jones and also written and produced by Roger Williams. The Feast stars Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts, and Julian Lewis Jones; alongside Sion Alun Davies, Steffan Cennydd, Rhodri Meilir, and Lisa Palfrey. Film Cymru Wales’ Cinematic scheme produced; S4C, Ffilm Cymru Wales funded with BFI (using funds from the National Lottery), and Fields Park. Melville Media Limited produced in association with support from Great Point Media.
Filmed in the Welsh language. The Feast made its world premiere as a Midnighters entry at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival; with Jones’ meticulous composition and Annes Elwy’s eerie central performance catching the attention of U.S. and international critics alike. In a review for Screen International, Nikki Baughan praised her lead performance as “beguiling”; writing, “Annes Elwy is quietly mesmerizing…in a role which utilizes little dialogue, Elwy plums Cadi’s surprising depths with a quiet intensity”. Reviewing for Variety, Jessica Kiang wrote, “The chilly control of Jones’ filmmaking, enhanced by the pristine, deadened soundscape and Samuel Sim’s intriguing, atmospheric score, keeps our attention squirming on the hook,” adding, “the direction is so confident and the craft so impeccable that The Feast, though built from few ingredients, fills you up like a three-course meal”.
Arianna Bocco President of IFC Films, said, “It’s hard to shake the sense of fear and apprehension that you feel while watching The Feast, a terrifying and twisted fable that will keep you on the very edge of your seat until the shocking, grand guignol-worthy finale. We’re so excited to work with Lee on his feature debut and can’t wait to share The Feast with horror audiences everywhere.”
Writer and Producer Roger Williams also added. “I’m thrilled IFC Midnight will serve up The Feast in the USA and Canada. I’m certain audiences across North America will be entertained and horrified in equal measure by our unique Welsh film. Thanks to IFC Midnight, it will now find the widest audience possible.”
IFC Films President Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal for the film. Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith with Bankside Films represented the filmmakers.
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