Rock Salt Releasing acquires ‘FRIED BARRY’ – Ryan Kruger’s Dark and Twisted Thrill Ride (Virtual Cannes)

Rock Salt Releasing acquires ‘FRIED BARRY’ - Ryan Kruger’s Dark and Twisted Thrill Ride (Virtual Cannes)

An alien assumes control of deadbeat Barry’s body and takes it on a bizarre joyride through Cape Town.

Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2020 – ROCK SALT RELEASING acquires highly celebrated South African writer / director, Ryan Krugers intense culthorror, FRIED BARRY, launching international sales and virtual screening at the 2020 online Cannes Film Festival, learned Deadline exclusively.

Produced by James C. Williamson and based upon Ryan Kruger’s 2017 short film of the same name, which earned 59 official selections and 13 wins at festivals around the world, FRIED BARRY is a first in the history of South African cinema. The short release garnered much interested, with brilliant fan work spanning across social media and horror fans demanding the expansion into a feature film.

As a bizarre tale told in a genre-bending onslaught of sex, drugs and violence, FRIED BARRY is spectacle that pulls you in and won’t let go, as every expectation is subverted in this boundary-pushing tale of alien abduction.

FRIED BARRY is a first for South Africa cinema,” said director, Ryan Kruger. “It combines elements of horror, comedy and sci-fi into a unique, hard-hitting narrative that’s destined for cult status.”

Starring Gary Green in his debut role as ‘Barry’ and six-time award-winning actor, Sean Cameron Michael (Shooter, 24, Blood Drive), FRIED BARRY swept awards at South Africa’s RapidLion Film Festival, receiving three wins for ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Editing’ and ‘Best of South Africa’, as well as two nominations for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ (Gary Green) and ‘Best Director’. The feature received its USA premiere at the recent Cinequest Film Festival in March and will compete in this year’s 24th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada from August to September summer 2020.

FRIED BARRY will screen at the virtual online Cannes film festival on Wed., June 24th at Olympia #15 (18:00) and Thurs., June 25th at Riviera Sunset (19:30).

Slated for release in 2021, prepare for an unforgettable alien abduction ride with the trailer here:

Alongside Gary Green and Sean Cameron Michael, FRIED BARRY stars Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond, Cape Town), Chanelle De Jager (Format, Konneksies) and Bianka Hartenstein (Imagine, La Mis Carne).

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FRIED BARRY (2020, 99 min.) Directed and written by: Ryan Kruger. Producers: James C. Williamson, Ryan Kruger, Nicolai Fuglsig. Editor: Stephen Du Plessis. Cinematographer: Gareth Place. Original Music: HAEZER. South Africa, English. The Department of Special Projects, Rock Salt Releasing.

Production Company: The Department of Special Projects.

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