Award-Winning Horror/Romance Film Will Open Theatrically on Valentine’s Day Weekend
Epic Pictures Group will release the critically acclaimed horror/romance film NINA FOREVER on February 12, 2016, Valentine’s Day weekend. The announcement was made today by Epic Pictures Group CEO Patrick Ewald and Co-Founder Shaked Berenson. Epic Pictures acquired the film following its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, where it received widespread critical acclaim and generated strong word-of-mouth buzz from audiences. StudioCanal UK will also release the film in the United Kingdom. Epic Pictures is currently selling additional international territories at the American Film Market (AFM).
Written and directed by Ben and Chris Blaine, NINA FOREVER was honored with multiple British Independent Film Awards nominations this week, including Best Debut Director for The Blaine Brothers and Most Promising Newcomer for lead actress Abigail Hardingham. The film was previously recognized with the Best Feature award at FrightFest 2015.
A darkly comedic romantic horror story exploring love and grief, NINA FOREVER follows Holly (Abigail Hardingham), as she begins a relationship with her co-worker Rob (Cian Barry), who is grieving over the recent death of his girlfriend Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) from a motorcycle accident. Holly has fallen for Rob and is determined to help him though his grief. Yet every time they make love, Nina appears; tangled, bloody and still fixated on Rob. Holly doesn’t freak out and run – she can deal with the dead girl sharing their bed, their lives, their minds. If it’s what Rob needs, it’s what she’ll do, regardless of the consequences.
“NINA FOREVER offers a strong alternative to audiences sick of the standard, overly sappy Valentine’s Day fare,” commented Epic Pictures CEO Patrick Ewald. “The film smartly mixes humor, horror and romance elements in a film that is surprisingly touching and thought-provoking.
Epic Pictures Co-Founder Shaked Berneson added, “Similar to It Follows, Nina Forever appeals to wider audiences because of its subtext. Unlike pure horror films, it’s a relationship-horror story in which well-drawn characters drive the story.”
NINA FOREVER is produced by Cassandra Sigsgaard of Jeva Films. Executive Producers include Ben Gallop and Andy Gordon.