Deadline is reporting that distributor IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to David Gleeson’s Don’t Go, with plans to release it in American cinemas from October 26th.

Don’t Go (previously Don’t Let Go) is the story of a man who, following the tragic loss of his daughter, convinces himself he can bring her back if only he can hold onto her hand in a recurring dream. The script was written by Ronan Blaney (Boogaloo and Graham) and Gleeson.

The cast is led by international stars Stephen Dorff (Blade) and Melissa George (The Slap, Grey’s Anatomy), with support from a host of Irish actors including Simon Delaney (The Conjuring 2, The Good Wife), Aoibhinn McGinnity (Poison PenLove/Hate), Gavin O’Connor (Charlie, The Tudors), Lalor Roddy (Michael Inside, Rebellion), Luke Griffin (Noble, Pure Mule), Charlotte Bradley (Veronica Guerin, An Bronntanas), and Laurence O’Fuarain (The Limit Of, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope).

Don’t Go marks Gleeson’s return to directing duties following Cowboys and Angels (2003) and The Front Line (2006). His next scripted film is Tolkien from Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment will star Nicholas Hoult as Lord of the Rings writer, JRR Tolkien. The film also features Lily Collins and is directed by Dome Karukoski.

Nathalie Lichtenthaeler (As If I’m Not There) produces for Wide Eye Films, with  Dorff, Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo as executive producers for Amasia Entertainment. Cinematography was by James Mather (Frank) with production design by Tracey O’Hanlon (Red Rock). Isobel Stephenson (Mr SelfridgeGarage) is the editor and post-production will take place at EGG post Production in Dublin. Financing comes from the Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, Amasia Entertainment, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and Northern Ireland Screen.

Don’t Go was shot entirely on location in Spiddal, Co Galway with production facilities provided by Danú Media.

IFC’s hugely impressive record of reaching large audiences with prestigious, thought-provoking films makes them the perfect partner to bring this beautiful, unsettling, genre-bending supernatural thriller to U.S. screens. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our work and look forward to partnering with the talented team at IFC as we roll out Don’t Go to audiences across the country. Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, Producer

IFC Films and Paradigm negotiated the deal. Radiant Films International is selling international rights

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