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You’d think film festival audiences have seen everything,
but every so often a report comes down following a genre-film screening that
the shocking sights in a particular movie were just too much for certain viewers. The
latest happened last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, during a
showing of Alexandre Courtes’ THE INCIDENT—which despite (or perhaps because of) that reaction, has been picked up for U.S. distribution.
Deadline reports that during THE INCIDENT’s premiere as part of the Midnight Madness
lineup, two audiences members fainted and an ambulance had to be called.
Apparently, one of them passed out during a scene in which a character is tied
on top of a stove and burned alive. The site further reveals that IFC Films is wrapping up a deal to release the movie in the U.S. under its IFC Midnight banner. THE INCIDENT, scripted by S. Craig Zahler
and Jérome Fansten and starring HELLBOY’s Rupert Evans, THE COTTAGE’s Dave
Legeno, DRACULA 3D’s Unax Ugalde, Anna Skellern, Richard Brake,
Kenny Doughty and Eric Godon, is set in a mental insititution for the
criminally insane and focuses on a trio of struggling musicians working as
cooks at the facility who get trapped inside with the violent inmates during a
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