Focus World Releasing Cuban Film ‘Juan of the Dead’ VOD This Year

Give this a chance! Focus Features has announced they’ll release Cuban horror comedy Juan of the Dead through their “digital distribution” label Focus World. Despite its too-similar-to-Shaun-of-the-Dead title, I got to see this at Fantastic Fest last year and it’s damn good, an entertaining and well-made comedy that’s even a bit subversive towards Cuban government. The Focus World agreement “allows for Juan to premiere at U.S. festivals and then from April enjoy a theatrical run from a separate distributor,” eventually hitting digital VOD platforms from Focus World. While I still prefer theaters, I’m glad to see this land a distributor. Juan of the Dead, directed by Alejandro Brugués, first hit the festival circuit last year, playing at the Toronto and Sitges Film Festivals. Variety (via SlashFilm) reported the news about it being picked up by Focus. A fest favorite that premiered last September, Juan is about a 40-year-old slacker named Juan …

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