[News] IFC Films Acquires Rights to MAYHEM! (FARANG)

IFC Films announced today it has acquired rights from STUDIOCANAL to Same Player and WTFilms action thriller MAYHEM! (FARANG) ahead of its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec on Tuesday, August 8. From director Xavier Gens (“Gangs of London”) and written by Magali Rossitto, Guillaume Lemans and Gens, the film is set to be released in theaters in 2024.

Shot in France and Thailand, MAYHEM! stars Nassim Lyes as Sam, an exemplary inmate. When Sam gets out of prison, he finds it difficult to escape the reach of a local gang lord. He escapes to Thailand, but soon learns it is not far enough. Searching for a kidnapped family member brings him square into the bullseye of the underbelly he was trying to escape, and he finds himself resorting to his old ways to fight his way out.

The film also stars Olivier Gourmet, Loryn Nounay, Vithaya Pansringarm and Sahajak Boonthanakit and is produced by Vincent Roget (No Filter) and Dimitri Stephanides (Teddy).

Said Scott Shooman, Head of AMC Networks’ Film Group: “Xavier Gens has crafted an energetic and propulsive film, showcasing some of the most impressive fight choreography we’ve ever seen. While winking at films like THE RAID and TAKEN, Xavier has made a film which stands on its own as an iconic new member of the hand-to-hand action canon. We’re thrilled to be working with the immensely talented team to bring this riveting story to theaters.”

“I’m so happy for MAYHEM! (FARANG) to be released by IFC Films in North America! They have the best line up! And I’m super proud as it’s a very personal film and we put a lot of heart doing it. Can’t wait to see the audience hiding eyes and touched by the emotion of the film,” said Gens.

“We are very pleased that IFC Films is releasing MAYHEM! in North America, where they produce cinema that we love so much. It’s a great pleasure for us to be working with IFC Films, who will be able to convey the strength and intensity of this film to a wide audience and to film lovers,” said Roget and Stephanides.

The deal was negotiated by Aska Yamaguchi, Head of U.S. and Digital Sales and Sophie Leuthreau, Head of Business & Legal Affairs – International Distribution, Licensing & Music for STUDIOCANAL, and Shooman for IFC Films.

Yamaguchi expands “We are huge supporters of MAYHEM! (FARANG) and with CANAL+ France aligned with us in their belief in this movie from an incredibly early stage. We are now thrilled to have found the perfect partner for MAYHEM! (FARANG) in IFC Films who have already demonstrated their passion for Xavier’s work by securing the North American Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. This enthralling piece of cinema commands an audience and with IFC on board we and the filmmaking team cannot wait for this wild ride to begin.”

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