Shudder acquires Senegalese Genre Bender SALOUM


Good now. This is fantastic news. This is incredible news.

Shudder has announced that it has acquired the Senegalese film, Salum. A gender verifiable kitchen sink, Salum is equal parts horror, action, revenge thriller and rural dark fantasy built around African folklore. This is what you should refer to when you say something is gender-bending. This. It’s genre bending and it does it very, very well.

In Salum, gunned down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – must hide their stolen gold bounty, stay at land long enough to repair and refuel their plane and flee to Dakar, Senegal. When they take refuge in a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they try to blend in with the other guests; including a mute named Awa, with her own secrets, and a policeman who may be after them, but it’s Chaka who hides the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other Hyenas, he brought them there for a reason and once his past catches up with him, his decisions have devastating consequences, threatening to unleash hell on them all.

Our own Kurt caught the film when it world premiered on the Midnight Madness program at TIFF last year. You can find his full review here, but here’s a quick excerpt.

With its crashing waves, sodium vapor night lighting, slew of beautiful aerial shots, and an insane desire to squeeze 75 years of world genre cinema (from Leone and Kurosawa to Miike and McTiernan) into 84 minutes, Saloum can sometimes be ragged around the edges, but it’s never, ever, boring.

IFC Midnight, another part of the AMC Network family, will handle theatrical release starting September 2. Shudder will next premiere Saloum on their streaming service on September 8, followed by a theatrical rollout from IFC on the 9th. Follow?

SHUDDER ACQUIRES THE OFFICIAL SELECTION OF TIFF SALOUM

SENEGAL FILM BREAKOUT TO RECEIVE THEATER RELEASE VIA IFC MIDNIGHT – OPENING IN NY AND LA ON SEPTEMBER 2

FILM TO PLAY AT THE IFC CENTER IN NEW YORK AND THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE IN LOS ANGELES

Airing September 8 only on Shudder

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, and IFC Midnight today announced a theatrical release for the highly anticipated and award-winning Shudder Original. Salum starting Friday, September 2 before the film’s streaming debut on Thursday, September 8. A nationwide rollout will follow from Friday, September 9. The film, written and directed by Jean Luc Herbulot (Merchant) was a breakout release of Midnight Madness at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, before playing at Fantastic Fest 2021, Red Sea International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Sydney International Film Festival. Vancouver 2021.

Salum is a daring combination of horror, revenge thriller and African folklore that deserves all the accolades it has received at festivals,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “We are proud to share this incredibly original and thrilling film in the distinctive voice of Jean Luc Herbulot with our members and viewers.”

Said Herbulot, “I created the Hyenas as a personal gift for my 7-year-old self who grew up without heroes and my 37-year-old self who was bored with modern African cinema, and today I hope they can be the hero of many around the world.It is very important to us at Lacmé that this type of story offers a glimpse of what African myths and legends can generously offer to a global audience.

In Salum, gunned down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – must hide their stolen gold bounty, stay at land long enough to repair and refuel their plane and flee to Dakar, Senegal. When they take refuge in a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they try to blend in with the other guests; including a mute named Awa, with her own secrets, and a policeman who may be after them, but it’s Chaka who hides the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other Hyenas, he brought them there for a reason and once his past catches up with him, his decisions have devastating consequences, threatening to unleash hell on them all.

Salum with Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Bruno Henry, Marielle Salmier and Mentor Ba. The film marks the first production from the pan-African Lacme studios of Pamela Diop and Herbulot. Diop produced Saloum and executive producers are Hus Miller, Douglas Jackson and Mike Shema. Alexis Perrin and EV.L Prod are co-producers.

The acquisition deal was brokered by Emily Gotto, VP, Global Acquisitions & Co-Productions on behalf of Shudder and Adeline Fontan Tessaur, co-founder and CEO of Elle Driver on behalf of the filmmakers.

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