IFC Midnight has nabbed the US rights to Keith Thomas directorial debut film The Vigil. There were many suitors vying for the title causing a bidding war, according to a report on Deadline.
The film follows a young man who agrees to fulfill the duties of a “shomer,” the ritualistic practice of looking after a dead body over the course of one night. Directed by Keith Thomas, The Vigil stars Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Fred Melamed and Lynn Cohen. The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.
The film has an approval rating of 91% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 6.94/10 on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s critics consensus reads: “Consistently clever and creepy, The Vigil mines richly atmospheric supernatural horror from a deep well of religious traditions. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100 based on seven critic reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
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