EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based genre specialist Reel Suspects has boarded world sales on Turkish director Orçun Behram’s horror The Funeral ahead of its premiere at the Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, better known as MotelX.
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FAMU and Columbia College Chicago-educated Behram previously made waves with with 2019 dystopian drama The Antenna, about the residents of a tower block terrorized by a new communications system. The film played at a number of festivals including Toronto and London.
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New film The Funeral stars popular Turkish actor Ahmet Rifat Sungar (The Wild Pear Tree, Actress) as a solitary hearse driver who is driving the body of a young murder victim back to her family in the East of the country.
One night, he opens the back doors of the hearse to find the dead girl making strange grunting noises. He is immediately captivated by her beauty and falls in love.
Together, they set off on a mission to avenge her death, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. Rising young actress Cansu Türedi plays the dead girl.
Behram also produced with Müge Özen, whose recent credits include Nisan Dag’s 2020 awards winner When I’m Done Dying.
The Funeral will debut in MotelX’s Silver Melies competition, recent winners of which include Welsh-language horror The Feast and Danish Tuscany holiday-set psychological thriller Speak No Evil.
MotelX runs from September 12 to 18.
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