Freestyle Digital Media has obtained the North American distribution rights for the Mongolian horror film “Aberrance.” The film, which premiered as part of the Midnighters section at SXSW 2023, is believed to be the first-ever Mongolian horror feature to secure a theatrical release in the United States.
“Aberrance” follows a couple, Erkhmee and Selenge, who venture into the Mongolian wilderness and find themselves in an old cabin. However, their peaceful retreat takes a dark turn when their neighbor’s unsettling behavior reveals a hidden secret. As the couple’s neighbor delves deeper into the mystery, more questions and trouble arise.
Directed Baatar Batsukh, “Aberrance” is his first theatrical feature. The screenplay was written Baatar Batsukh, Erdene Orosoo, and Byambasuren Ganbat. The film stars Erkhembayar Ganbat, Selenge Chadraabal, Yalalt Namsrai, Oyundary Jamsranjav, Badamtsetseg Batmunkh, and Bayarsanaa Batchuluun. Enkhmandakh Nemekhbaatar produced the film, with executive producers Angarag Sukhbaatar, Trevor Morgan Doyle, and Alexa Khan from Three Flames Pictures and Team Hero Production.
Alexa Khan, from Three Flames Pictures, expressed her excitement about the film’s US theatrical distribution, noting that it is a significant milestone for both Mongolian and American filmmakers. She also highlighted the film’s contribution to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) filmmaking community in the US.
Freestyle Digital Media acquired the rights to “Aberrance” from Raven Banner on behalf of the filmmakers, Trevor Morgan Doyle and Alexa Khan of Three Flames Pictures. The film is set for a theatrical release on October 6, 2023, followed a VOD and digital release in 2024.
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