Lionsgate Takes Domestic Rights To Indonesian Horror Pic ‘Dancing Village: The Curse Begins’

Lionsgate has landed domestic U.S. rights to Badarawuhi Di Desa Penari (Dancing Village: The Curse Begins), the prequel to Indonesia’s highest-grossing film, KKN Curse of the Dancing Village.

Produced by Indonesian studio MD Pictures, the film will have its stateside premiere on April 4 in Los Angeles. Dancing Village: The Curse Begins is the first filmed-for-IMAX movie ever produced in Southeast Asia, and is also one of five filmed-for-IMAX productions worldwide this year.

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The film is directed by Kimo Stamboel and stars Aulia Sarah, Maudy Effrosina, Jourdy Pranata and Claresta Taufan. The film is set in an Indonesian village where a mysterious presence, Badarawuhi, is terrorizing the community.

“This collaboration represents a leap forward for the Indonesian movie industry on the global stage. We believe that entertainment transcends language and cultural barriers, and we are confident that through this partnership we will be able to showcase the richness of Indonesian culture to the American audience and beyond,” said Manoj Punjabi, CEO and founder of MD Pictures.

“With this exciting collaboration with MD Pictures, we are breaking ground by releasing our first Indonesian film, proving our continued commitment to visionary filmmaking on a global scale,” said Helen Lee-Kim, President of the International Motion Picture Group at Lionsgate. “We are thrilled to be partners with Manoj and MD Pictures on this film and excited to celebrate its release.”

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