Music Box Acquires Bland Comedy ‘Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal’

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Chicago-based Music Box Films has picked up U.S. rights to Boris Rodriguez’s Canadian-Danish horror comedy Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal, reports Variety.

The black comedy, which stars Danish actor Thure Lindhardt (“Keep the Lights On”) and Dylan Smith, follows a once renowned visionary painter who finds much-needed inspiration in the bloody nocturnal antics of a somnambulant student while teaching at a Canadian art college.

“Eddie” received positive reviews after its North American premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and also nabbed the Black Tulip Award at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam.

The film follows Lars Olafssen (played by Lindhardt), a once young celebrity in the prestigious art world, who is now slipping away into the land of has-beens. His long-time art dealer, Ronny (McHattie), is now an ungracefully aging hipster who desperately wants his meal ticket back.

But Lars refuses to paint.

His creativity comes at too high a cost – his inspiration is carnage – blood, guts and limbs. Not surprisingly, this lead to a dreadful breakdown in the past. Nevertheless, an eager Ronny arranges a teaching job for Lars with his old friend Harry (Goulem) at an art school in Koda Lake, a small Canadian town in the middle of nowhere. It’s a “therapeutic” measure for Lars – a means to conquer his need to paint in the “safety” of a country retreat… and perhaps lead to romance, with his fellow teacher, Leslie (Reilly). That is, until Eddie (Smith) comes into his life.