Image Nation Abu Dhabi horror film to debut at Sundance 2022

Image Nation Abu Dhabi to travel to world’s biggest independent film festival with new psychological thriller Observer premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January.

Observer is directed by award-winning writer / director Chloe Okuno and rising ‘Scream queen’ stars Maika Monroe (He follows, the guest), Karl Glusman (Nocturnal animals) and Burn Gorman (Enola Holmes).

Shot on location in Romania, Observer follows a young married couple as they move into a new apartment in Bucharest, as the city panics over a possible serial killer on the loose. Julia (Monroe) finds herself isolated in her new surroundings and becomes tormented by the belief that she is being harassed by an unseen observer in the adjacent building.

“I am incredibly honored to have my first feature film premiering at Sundance,” Okuno said. “It was an amazing project to work on and I am very happy Observer gets this wonderful platform for its world premiere. “

The film, which will compete in the festival’s drama competition, is a co-production between Oscar-winning Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Spooky Pictures, the low-budget genre label formed by producers Steven Schneider (Insidious, To divide, Pet Sematist) and Roy Lee (This, The ring, The foreigners). This is the first film in a multi-picture agreement between the two companies.

“Working with Chloé, the incredible cast, crew and production team, we have always believed Observer had tremendous potential, “said Schneider.” For us, receiving recognition from Sundance is an incredible time for us and we can’t wait to see the public response. “

Schneider previously collaborated with Image Nation Abu Dhabi as a producer on Ali F Mostafa’s dystopian Arab thriller The worthy in 2016. “It’s fantastic to resume production with Image Nation, a truly united partner. I can’t wait to work with Chloe Okuno and see what her incredible talent will bring to this great script, ”he said.

The announcement follows the release of the Image Nation & AGC International co-production Al kameen, the Emirati thriller that broke box office records in the United Arab Emirates and wowed audiences across the region.

“We are extremely proud of this project and Sundance will provide the perfect platform for a world premiere,” said Ben Ross, Director of Content for Image Nation. “Observer is another example of Image Nation’s international co-productions, pioneering Abu Dhabi’s film industry, and we look forward to the continued success of this project. “

Okuno recently wrote and directed a segment of the series V / H / S / 94 and was hired to write the Orion Pictures remake of the 1977 supernatural thriller Audrey Rose.

Update: December 14, 2021, 5:41 a.m.

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