Both TIFF entries
Variety reports The Awakening has been picked up by Cohen Media Group for distribution. CMG is a smaller outfit known for releases like Chasing Madoff, so I’m curious how wide they’ll go with this supernatural thriller.
Nick Murphy’s film concerns Florence Cathcart, a woman on a mission to expose all sÃ©ances as exploitative shams. However, when she is called to a boys’ boarding school to investigate a case of the uncanny, she is gradually forced to confront her skepticism in the most terrifying way, shaking her scientific convictions and her sense of self to the very core. Haunting and moving in equal measure, The Awakening is a sophisticated psychological/supernatural thriller in the tradition of The Others and The Orphanage, but with its own unique and thrilling twist.
Meanwhile, it looks like IFC is going to take The Incident.
Synopsis: George, Max and Ricky are in a rock band and waiting for their big breakthrough. Between small gigs and rehearsals they work in the kitchen of a high-security asylum for good pay at minimum risk â they have no physical contact with the inmates. One night just before dinnertime, a big storm shuts down the security system, the doors open and the lunatics break loose. Help is on its way and should soon arrive…they just have to survive until it does.