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Ellen Page, actor Sam Keeley and director David Freyne team up for the world premiere of »The Cured« at TIFF2017 from 09/12/2017
TIFF 2017 LogoAccompanied by her girlfriend Emma Portner, Ellen Page headed for Toronto International Film Festival last weekend and teamed up with co-star Sam Keeley and director David Freyne for some promotion work for their movie »The Cured« prior to its world premiere on Saturday night. The trio made visits to the studios of Variety, IMDb, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, People, Entertainment Weekly and Instyle for interviews about the zombie thriller as well as portrait sessions before walking the red carpet at the Ryerson Theatre for the main event in the evening.

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Thanks to the YouTuber dafilexAtMovies and PASSi'ON PROJECTS, we have recordings of both the introduction and the following Q&A which are embedded after the jump. A noteworthy incident happened after an hour during a crucial scene in between, when an alarm started sounding and the lights were turned on. The movie initially continued playing but staff soon appeared and told audience members to evacuate the cinema auditorium immediately causing some confusion as well as traffic jams outside. Fortunately, the building reopened around 30 minutes later and the premiere screening resumed from where it left off.

Reviews for Freyne's debut feature have been quite good so far considering its rather controversial genre. Fionnuala Halligan from ScreenDaily thinks the low-budget film is "at its sharpest when drawing acute political parallels. As a zombie film, the shocks are few – if effective – until The Cured lifts itself out of its porridgey aesthetic during the final act and its depressed cast of characters remembers to get their flesh-eating game on." The Hollywood Reporter's Jordan Mintzer describes it as "an intriguing horror-thriller" and says the "performances are strong, with Page fully committed to playing the major non-zombie character and Sam Keeley rather convincing as a young man too shocked by his blood-thirsty past to move ahead. Everyone is extremely serious, which can be a bit of a drag at times, but as a study in trauma The Cured has its moments and the film plays best when it remains intimate." And genre expert Joe Lipsett over at Bloody Disgusting agrees with this while stating "performances are uniformly good, particularly Vaughan-Lawlor, whose Conor walks a thin line between justifiable outrage and deranged narcissism. Leads Kelley and Page aren’t given too much heavy lifting to do, though wary audiences can rest assured that Page, who also executive produces, does not attempt an Irish accent." Furthermore, he adds that "The Cured may not be the killer new zombie film that horror enthusiasts are thirsting for, but it clearly still has its brains" and gives it a solid score of 4 out of 5. The audience, in turn, can probably be divided into two camps; those who don't like this kind of genre at all and therefore won't enjoy »The Cured« no matter how good it actually is and the others that are more open-minded and going to watch it without any prejudice. Here are some reactions from people probably belonging to the latter group:

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Olia (@olia.m.g)
"Great film #thecured #tiff #tiff17 #ellenpage #samkeeley #movie #film #cinema"

D.S.V.E (@d.s.v.e)
"Had the pleasure of checking out the movie The Cured last night. And to my surprise I also got to do a Q&A with cast. It was a fantastic movie and if you get the chance you should go and see it. #thecured #ellenpage #davidfreyne #tiff #toronto #filmfestival #zombie #zombiemovie"

"David Freyne did a fantastic job with this movie. I can’t wait to see what he does next. It is one of my favorites of the year. A solid 9/10"

Lesley McKimm (@lmckimmdublin)
"Congrats to team @tiltedfilms for great screening of The Cured at #TIFF17 on stage with Ellen Page & Sam Keeley"

Tara (@tara_taralynn)
"#TheCured was one of the most brilliant and beautiful zombie films I've ever seen, all from a girl who doesn't like zombie films. @ellenpage and @_samkeeley were absolutely amazing and #DavidFreyne did a wonderful job directing. #thecuredfilm #TIFF17 #TIFF #samkeeley #ellenpage"

Matt Campagna (@mattcampagna)
"Enjoyed the hell out of #DavidFreyne's #TheCured at #tiff17, a modern, political zombie thriller starring @_SamKeeley & @EllenPage, who also is a producer on it. You should definitely see it once a wise North American distributor buys the rights."

James Wilkinson (@jay.wilk)
"Ellen Page! #TheCured was a pretty good zombie movie."

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Doesn't sound too bad, don't you think?! We believe it's safe to say the movie is worth a look. This can also be underlined by the fact that »The Cured« has secured several distribution deals across Asia and the Middle East before it was even screened for the first time. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Bac Films, which handles international sales, confirmed deals with Fox for pan-Asia pay TV, Spentzos in Greece, Filmdom in Turkey, Falcon for the Middle East, Bravos in Hong Kong, Tanweer in Malaysia and Indonesia, Shaw in Singapore, Caichang in Taiwan, Sahamongkol in Thailand, Skyline in Vietnam and Silverline in the Philippines. With this in mind, it should only be a matter of time until the movie gets picked up by multi-territory distributors or streaming services for a wider release across the globe.

Update (09/13/2017): IFC Films has scooped up North American distribution rights to »The Cured«. The deal was in the seven-figure range, and the movie will receive a robust theatrical release in the spring of 2018, as Variety reports.

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