If Battle Royale taught us anything, it’s that kids battling to the death totally plays. I Declare War is a different take on that theme. This time the weapons are imagined, but the consequences are brutally realistic.
Drafthouse Films announced they will be distributing the TIFF and Fantastic Fest favorite, and it’s scheduled to hit theaters and VOD in the second half of 2013.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release via our friends at Twitch:
Directors Lapeyre and Wilson set out to construct an action film from the darker side of a 13-year-old's mindset, while also examining sincere conflicts of enduring friendship. Using the kids' overactive imaginations, a neighborhood forest setting becomes a full-fledged woodland battlefield: sticks transform into guns, water balloons into grenades and eyeballs can shoot lasers. Charles Webb of MTV Geekhas praised the film for "vividly capturing a point in time as a kid where everything was important, even the imaginary things."
"Not since Stand By Me have we experienced such a poignant and sincere film about kids for adults," says Drafthouse Films CEO/Founder Tim League, "Armed with an arsenal of extremely talented child actors and combining shades of Full Metal Jacket and Lord Of The Flies, Jason and Rob have created a one-of-a-kind action film that we couldn't be more excited to handle in the US."
Producer Lewin Webb noted, "We are thrilled that Drafthouse Films have picked up I Declare War and a wide US audience is going to have the opportunity to see it. We are proud to be part of the Drafthouse Family of films."
"Drafthouse Films is our ideal partner for I Declare War in the US. From Fantastic Fest on, they have been a huge supporter," says director RobertWilson. "Drafthouse are the most progressive of US based distributors and we know that they will deliver the widest and best audience for the film."
Watch the trailer: