EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media has snapped up North American rights to SXSW 2023 Midnighters entry Aberrance and will release the film in theaters on October 6. Believed to be the first Mongolian horror feature ever to have secured a U.S. theatrical release, it will be unveiled by the company on VOD and digital in 2024.
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In Aberrance, city dwellers Erkhmee (Erkhembayar Ganbat) and Selenge (Selenge Chadraabal) arrive at an old cabin deep in the Mongolian wilds, only for a sense of foreboding to settle over the couple. Erkhmee’s seemingly keen desire to provide a safe and nurturing space for his artistic wife is at odds with the violent actions and mannerisms their quizzical neighbor observes. As the neighbor digs deeper for the reason behind this aberrant behavior, only more questions and trouble arise.
Pic marks the first theatrical feature from director Baatar Batsukh, who wrote the script with Erdene Orosoo (Kinsman of the Sun) and Byambasuren Ganbat. Yalalt Namsrai, Oyundary Jamsranjav, Badamtsetseg Batmunkh and Bayarsanaa Batchuluun also star. The film was produced by Enkhmandakh Nemekhbaatar and executive produced by Angarag Sukhbaatar, Trevor Morgan Doyle and Alexa Khan of Three Flames Pictures and Team Hero Production.
Said Khan of Three Flames Pictures, “As a Mongolian and American filmmaker, I am honored to see our film being distributed theatrically in the US. It is a milestone to celebrate and excited to contribute to the AAPI filmmaking community that is making the marks in the US.”
Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to acquire Aberrance from Raven Banner on behalf of filmmakers Doyle and Khan. View the film’s trailer above.
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