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Mattie Do’s fest-fave sci-fi thriller “THE LONG WALK” set for North American release

Monday, June 21, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The third film from the director of the acclaimed DEAREST SISTER takes a new and engrossing approach to the time-travel genre.

Yellow Veil Pictures has announced that it has picked up North American rights to Mattie Do’s THE LONG WALK (no relation to the same-titled Richard Bachman/Stephen King novel), with a release planned for early 2022 following a successful festival tour. Directed by Mattie Do, the only female and horror filmmaker in Laos, from a script by Christopher Larsen, it stars Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy, Por Silatsa, Noutnapha Soydara, Vilouna Phetmany, Chansamone Inoudom and Vithaya Sombath. The synopsis: “THE LONG WALK tells the story of an elderly man [Chanthalungsy] who has the power to travel back in time thanks to a mysterious spectral companion whose death he witnessed 50 years earlier. He decides to trespass into his own past and set in motion a plan to preempt his mother’s terminal suffering, and ultimately appease his soul.”

“I’m beyond excited that my film has finally found a legitimate home with a company that has experience, knowledge, and zeal for unique and daring new genre stories,” Do says. “I couldn’t be happier to see THE LONG WALK entrusted to a passionate and dedicated company like Yellow Veil.”

The company’s co-founder Hugues Barbier adds, “We have been following Mattie’s career closely since her breakthrough debut feature CHANTHALY, and we are beyond excited to be able to bring to North American audiences her latest film THE LONG WALK. Acclaimed by critics and audiences all over the world during its festival run, and we hope this release will bring even more attention to one of the most inspiring filmmakers in recent memory.”

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.