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Tribeca film fest seals a deal on Dutch slasher movie

April 21, 2011 |  2:46 pm

The Tribeca Film Festival has seen one of its first feature deals. IFC Midnight, the distributor's genre label, has acquired U.S. rights to "Saint," a dark, Dutch-language take on the Santa Claus mythology.

Dick Maas' slasher film, which premieres tonight at the festival, imagines a different kind of Saint Nick, one who fulfills a gruesome prophecy in which children are kidnapped, killed and then presented to their parents as presents. The film centers on a teen who tries to save Amsterdam from the threat.

"Saint" follows last year's Finnish-language tale "Rare Exports," another European film that offers a story of a sinister Santa.

Tribeca, which kicked off last night, earlier this week saw food doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" sold to Magnolia Pictures. That movie also premieres tonight.

 -- Steven Zeitchik