The incredibly charming, smart kids' war movie knocked 'em dead at Fantastic Fest, and DHF is bringing it to you!
Great news! Drafthouse Films has secured the U.S. rights to Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson's I DECLARE WAR, the audience award winner at Fantastic Fest and fan favorite at TIFF. I DECLARE WAR follows one legendary capture the flag game between a group of kids who are 100% serious business. It's a tense, high stakes action flick told from the point of view of a bunch of 12-year-olds, and it so perfectly captures that precise, singular perspective. There's nothing hokey or condescending about I DECLARE WAR; it's just unbelievably charming and a ridiculous amount fun.
You can read the Fantastic Fest review of the film from Badass Digest's Devin Faraci here, and get the scoop from the press release below!
AUSTIN, TX – Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced their acquisition of US rights to 2012 Toronto International Film Festival favorite and Fantastic Fest Audience Award winner I Declare War, directed by Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson. Produced by Lewin Webb, Robert Wilson and Patrick Cameron from Samaritan Entertainment, the film centers on an epic game of capture-the-flag. In their quest for victory, a group of adolescents pushes beyond the game and the boundaries of friendship into an adventure where fantasy blurs with reality. A VOD and theatrical campaign is planned for the second half of 2013.
Directors Lapeyre and Wilson set out to construct an action film from the darker side of a 13-year-old’s mindset, while also examining sincere conflicts of enduring friendship. Using the kids’ overactive imaginations, a neighborhood forest setting becomes a full-fledged woodland battlefield: sticks transform into guns, water balloons into grenades and eyeballs can shoot lasers. Charles Webb of MTV Geek has praised the film for “vividly capturing a point in time as a kid where everything was important, even the imaginary things.”
“Not since Stand By Me have we experienced such a poignant and sincere film about kids for adults,” says Drafthouse Films CEO/Founder Tim League, “Armed with an arsenal of extremely talented child actors and combining shades of Full Metal Jacket and Lord Of The Flies, Jason and Rob have created a one-of-a-kind action film that we couldn’t be more excited to handle in the US.”
Producer Lewin Webb noted, “We are thrilled that Drafthouse Films have picked up I Declare War and a wide US audience is going to have the opportunity to see it. We are proud to be part of the Drafthouse Family of films.”
"Drafthouse Films is our ideal partner for I Declare War in the US. From Fantastic Fest on, they have been a huge supporter,” says director Robert Wilson. “Drafthouse are the most progressive of US based distributors and we know that they will deliver the widest and best audience for the film."
The deal was negotiated by Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Andrew Herwitz of Film Sales on behalf of the film’s producers.