Media 8 Entertainment acquires breakout SXSW hit "The Horseman"

    MONTREAL, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Media 8 Entertainment, a leading film
company engaged in the production, financing, acquisition and worldwide
licensing of theatrical features in a variety of genres, announced today that
it has acquired worldwide rights to the breakout SXSW hit film "The Horseman,"
directed by Steven Kastrissios and starring Peter Marshall. The film will make
its market debut and will be screened for international buyers at the upcoming
Cannes Film Market.
    "We love this film, and are very excited to bring it to our buyers," said
Stewart Hall, President of Media 8 Entertainment. "It's one of the most
intense, exciting, and well-directed revenge thrillers that we have seen -
this movie starts at full speed, and never lets up."
    "The Horseman" is the debut film from Australian director Steven
Kastrissios, who is repped by United Talent Agency. "The Horseman" has been
much buzzed about on the festival circuit and has garnered rave reviews both
from critics and fans alike. Kastrissios won the "Best Australian Director"
award at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, where the film also won the
prize for "Best Australian Film." "The Horseman" had its US premiere as an
official Midnight Selection at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival, where it gained
rave reviews. Ain't It Cool news said: "This is how a revenge flick is
done...Kastrissios deftly builds that momentum to the point that the audience
actually cheers with each excruciating turn." Urban Cinefile described the
film as "a riveting revenge thriller...a high impact, well-crafted film that
pushes the boundaries in every direction...(featuring) among the best, most
realistic and harrowing fight scenes captured on film anywhere." Scott
Weinberg of Fearnet called it "one of the most intense, powerful, and
aggressively compelling films I've seen in quite some time... (with) a
stunning lead performance by Peter Marshall...a rock-solid thriller that
powers forward from frame one and never takes the easy way out... one of the
most blisteringly intense and effective flicks I've seen in at least five

    About Media 8 Entertainment

    Media 8 Entertainment is a leading film entertainment company engaged in
the production, financing, acquisition, and worldwide licensing of theatrical
feature films in a variety of genres. Media 8 produced and distributed the
Academy Award-winning MONSTER, the critically acclaimed THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner, and the action-drama RUNNING SCARED
written and directed by Wayne Kramer and starring Paul Walker.
    Media 8 Entertainment's current slate of films includes DALI, starring
Antonio Banderas and directed by Simon West; the Sean Bean action film CA$H,
the hit UK comedy A FILM WITH ME IN IT; the romantic comedy EVERYBODY WANTS TO
BE ITALIAN; SATISFACTION, to be directed by Anya Camilleri; THE RAMEN GIRL,
starring Brittany Murphy and Toshiyuki Nishida; the critically acclaimed film
AMERICAN SON which stars Nick Cannon, Tom Sizemore and Melonie Diaz; the
historical drama EICHMANN starring Thomas Kretschmann, Troy Garity, and Franka
Potente; and the emotional drama LOCAL COLOR starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ray
Liotta and Trevor Morgan.

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For further information: Audrey Delaney, 1-818-826-8000,

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