Artsploitation Films has announced the North American acquisition of the film Happy Times directed by Michael Mayer. The horror/comedy, about a Shabbat dinner party that goes violently out of control, is slated for a film festival run this fall as well as Virtual Cinema screenings in select independent cinemas then VOD and DVD will follow. Mayer, who made the 2012 gay romance Out in the Dark, also co-wrote this wildly over-the-top tale about an Israeli-American couple who invite friends and family over to their Hollywood Hills mansion for a dinner party. But a deadly mix of alcohol, inflated egos, inappropriate lust and raging jealousy turns the sedate affair into a cauldron of murderous mayhem.
Filmed with a mix of English and Hebrew, this Jews Behaving Badly story stars Israeli actor Michael Aloni (Out in the Dark, Netflix’s Shtisel), Shani Atias (Ten Days in the Valley, Shameless, MacGyver) Guy Adler (The Angel, Big Bad Wolves) and Israeli TV star Liraz Chamami (Manayek, Unchained, Asylum City, Malkot) Artsploitation’s Dylan Thomas said, “We are proud to present this wildly funny and imaginatively violently film to a variety of audiences – from adventurous Jewish film festivals to seasoned genre film lovers. But seriously, I see the film as a cautionary tale – beware who you invite over to dinner!”