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16 Feb 2011

“Insidious,” a haunted-house story from “Saw’” creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell;  “The Divide,” a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia; and  “Attack the Block,” an action-adventure story by “Adventures of Tintin” writer Joe Cornish are some of the movies premiering in the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival’s midnight program next month, festival organizers announced Thursday.

The Divide — an end-of-the world catastrophe story lensed in Winnipeg last summer — has just been chosen for screening at the prestigious South By South West (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas. The movie’s world première is midnight March 13 as part of the expo’s dark-themed “Midnighter” shows. Nate Rollo, a local producer on the show, will be flying into Austin with show brass and stars, hoping their film will find world-wide distribution there. “The Divide is about a group of survivors who take refuge in a fallout shelter in the basement of a New York City skyrise,” says Rollo. “Things regress into a very ruthless environment for the eight people and then it becomes a game of survival.”

The film’s directed by Xavier Gens from Paris, France whose film Hit Man grossed $99 million at the box office. He turned down earlier distribution offers for The Divide because he thinks this film can go big. Cast includes Hollywood star Rosanna Arquette, who plays the mother of the only child trapped in the shelter (Winnipegger Abbey Phickson), plus Lauren German (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Courtney B. Vance (Law and Order: Criminal Intent). Michael Biehn (Terminator, The Abyss) plays the paranoid building super who built the bomb shelter. Also watch out for Ashton Holmes (The Pacific, HBO), and Milo Ventimiglia, a star of Heroes, Parisian actor Ivan Gonzalez and Canadian actor Michael Eckland. “Michael goes through the most dramatic change in character you’ve ever seen in a film,” says Rollo.

by Aniek | Category: News & Announcements,Press Alerts,The Divide