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Focus takes supernatural chiller “YOU WON’T BE ALONE,” with “PROMETHEUS”/“DRAGON TATTOO” star

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The English-language feature just wrapped its under-the-radar shoot in Serbia.

Deadline reports that Focus Features pre-bought worldwide distribution rights to YOU WON’T BE ALONE, the feature writing/directing debut of award-winning short filmmaker Goran Stolevski. Noomi Rapace (pictured, from PROMETHEUS and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), Anamaria Marinca, Alice Englert, Carloto Cotta, Félix Maritaud and Sara Klimoska star; Kristina Ceyton (THE BABADOOK, THE NIGHTINGALE) and Sam Jennings (CARGO) are the producers. The synopsis: “Set in an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, pic follows a young witch who is left to go feral in the woods. Curious about life as a human, she accidentally kills a peasant in the village, then takes her shape to see what life is like in her skin. This ignites her deep-seated curiosity to experience life inside the bodies of others.” As a result, the role of the witch will be played by several different actors.

“YOU WON’T BE ALONE is a very special project by a very special and talented filmmaker,” say the producers, “and we’re so proud and excited to be producing Goran Stolevski’s debut feature film. And to be collaborating with Focus Features and, for the third time, with Bankside Films, to bring this story to life and out into the world. Making a film amidst a pandemic has certainly been challenging, but with such supportive financiers in Screen Australia and Film Victoria, our post partner KOJO Studios, Head Gear Films, and the dedication of our amazingly committed international cast and the incredible crew here in Serbia, we feel very grateful.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.