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IFC acquires We Are The Night and The Wave, sets release dates for both

05.13.2011by: Jake Dee

Happy Friday the 13th y'all...hope you're doing like me and watching each Voorhees film in succession. A ritual of mine for more than 10 years. Love this shite!

Anyway, I'm here to let you know IFC has acquired and set release dates for two intriguing genre films. The first, one we've covered plenty around here, is the German vampire flick WE ARE THE NIGHT. Here's the newly minted synopsis for the flick:

A sexy, suspenseful and adrenaline pumping vampire film, WE ARE THE NIGHT is an edgy tale of a provocative gang of female vampires living large, making their own rules and leaving a merciless trail of blood. The film centers on a 20-year-old Berlin native LENA (Karoline Herfurth) who gets by as a petty thief. On one of her nightly job runs through an underground club, she meets 250-year-old LOUISE (Nina Hoss). Don't let her age fool you. LOUISE is a glamorous vixen, who is not only the owner of the club, but also the leader of an unusual all-female vampire trio - the other two members being wild child NORA (Anna Fischer) and elegant CHARLOTTE (Jennifer Ulrich). Louise falls head over heels in love with the scruffy Lena and bites her during their first night together. Once bitten, LENA discovers the curse and the blessing of her new, eternal life. She revels in the glamour, parties and infinite freedom. But she quickly discovers that the endless blood thirst and murderous appetite of her new girlfriends come at a steep price. When Berlin police commissioner TOM SERNER (Max Riemelt) begins investigating the women, it is just a matter of time before their day comes and events spiral out of control.

Up next is a flick called THE WAVE, which I don't believe we've touched on before. Not for lack of appropriateness though, check out the plot-crunch to see what I mean:

Based on Morton Rhue's classic youth novel which has been required reading material in many German schools for years, THE WAVE is a work of fiction, but one based in fact: the original experiment was conducted by history teacher Ron Jones at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, CA in 1967. With the setting updated to contemporary German, a high school teacher (Jürgen Vogel) comes up with an experiment in order to explain to his students how totalitarian governments work. A role-playing game with tragic results begins. Within a few days, what began with harmless notions like discipline and community builds into a real movement: THE WAVE. By the third day, the students start ostracizing and threatening others. When the conflict finally erupts into violence at an intramural water polo game, the teacher decides to break off the experiment. But it's too late. THE WAVE is out of control...THE WAVE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sounds decent, right? Hell, Palo Alto is about a half hour from my hometown, I'll watch it just for that.

Both WE ARE THE NIGHT and THE WAVE are being released theatrically in New York City in rep on May 27th at the prestigious ReRun arthouse theater. WE ARE THE NIGHT will be available nationwide on video-on-demand beginning May 25th and THE WAVE will begin a VOD run June 8th.

WE ARE THE NIGHT star Nina Hoss!

Extra Tidbit: THE WAVE or WE ARE THE NIGHT, which you looking forward to most?
Source: IFC Films

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