Fantastic Fest 2018 News: “Luz” Acquired by Screen Media Ahead of US Premiere in Austin

By Liz Lopez 

“Luz” made its North American bow at Fantasia Film Festival, and will have its US premiere at Fantastic Fest this week. The film also played at Berlin International Film Festival earlier in the year and will screen as a part of the Sitges Film Festival next month. Screen Media announced via a press release it has acquired all North American rights for writer/director Tilman Singer’s audacious, psychotropic horror film “Luz,” planning a first quarter 2019 release in theaters across the US.

“Luz” begins as a young female cabdriver (Luana Velis, in the title role) drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves. Shot entirely on 16mm, this first feature film from Singer pays homage to horror masters Cronenberg, Argento and Fulci, while infusing a fresh take on the genre all of his own. “Luz” is produced by Dario Mendez Acosta and Singer and stars Luana Velis and Jan Bluthardt.

“Every so often there’s a film that really unnerves, and just flat-out scares us. LUZ does exactly that. Tilman has made a beautiful but truly terrifying movie that people are going to be talking about for sure,” Seth Needle from Screen Media commented.

Justin Timms on behalf Yellow Veil Pictures continued: “Now more than ever it is important for challenging and independent cinema to be given a platform and shown on the big screen. We’re thrilled to have found the right partner in Screen Media, who fully understand Tilman’s unique vision with LUZ and we look forward to the film being experienced – and inspiring audiences across North America.”

Filmmaker Tilman Singer concluded:”To see this kind of reaction to our film, visit festivals and now release it in North America is a little bit like shooting a movie itself; It’s hard to fully grasp. Producing LUZ I had no idea where it would go and I am excited for the life that it will have.”

The Fantastic Fest schedule lists the film to screen on Tuesday, September 25th at 11:50pm and to learn more about the film and the festival, visit

Source: Screen Media and Fantastic Fest


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