Cinema Guild acquired U.S. rights to Stray Dogs, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and official selection at both New York and Toronto. Directed by Tsai Ming Liang Stray Dogs follows a poor father and his two children as they wander modern-day Taipai. By day, the father makes what little money he can as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam supermarkets surviving off free food samples. They take shelter in an abandoned building, with no water, light or electricity. Then one stormy night, the father decides to take his children on a sailing trip. The rights deal was negotiated by Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey with Eric Schnedecker of Urban Distribution International. Stray Dogs will open theatrically in 2014, followed by non-theatrical, home video and digital releases.
Corneliu Porumboiu’s When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism is the Romanian writer-director’s third feature after Police, Adjective (2009) and 12:08 East Of Bucharest (2006). The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights and plans a 2014 theatrical release after its recent Stateside premiere at the New York Film Festival; it also played in Toronto and just landed an AFI Fest berth. The story follows a director of some renown who is suffering from an imaginary medical condition and a real crisis of faith. He has two weeks left to shoot his latest opus but for some unknown reason is plagued with doubt. Perhaps it has to do with his actress, with whom he’s having an affair, or the constraints of Chinese cuisine, or Michelangelo Antonioni, or something in between. The deal was negotiated by Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.
Artist Terence Nance’s debut feature premiered in the New Frontiers section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You prize last month at the Gotham Awards. Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. home video, digital and non-theatrical distribution rights to An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which uses live action and animation documents the relationship between Terence and a woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Nance also wrote the music; Jay-Z is among the executive producers. The filmmakers will release Oversimplification theatrically early next year, followed by the VOD and digital rollout. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of Cinema Guild with Traction Media and legal handled by André Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Strafford Des Rochers.
NEW YORK, NY—The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to “The Last Time I Saw Macao,” the critically-acclaimed new film from João Pedro Rodrigues (“To Die Like a Man”) and João Rui Guerra Da Mata. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild with Jean-Christophe Simon of Films Boutique. “The Last Time I Saw Macao” will receive a theatrical release in 2013, followed by a DVD/VOD rollout.
NEW YORK, NY—The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to “Viola,” Matías Piñeiro’s dazzling riff on Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ that premiered in the Wavelengths Section of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. “Viola” will receive a limited theatrical rollout next year followed by a DVD/VOD and Non-Theatrical release.
TORONTO—The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to “Leviathan,” the acclaimed new documentary from Lucien Castaing-Taylor (“Sweetgrass,” also released by Cinema Guild) and Véréna Paravel (“Foreign Parts”). “Leviathan” will screen next week at the Toronto Film Festival and will have its US premiere as an Official Selection of the New York Film Festival. It will open theatrically in early 2013.
New York, NY —The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to “Our Beloved Month of August” the critically-acclaimed 2008 film from Miguel Gomes, whose new film “Tabu” was the hit of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and will open in theaters later this year. “Our Beloved Month of August” will be available for screenings to the non-theatrical market and will be available to own on DVD in a comprehensive bonus-packed edition and VOD on December 18, 2012.
New York, NY —The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Kleber Mendonça Filho’s astounding debut “Neighboring Sounds,” a tense and gripping film about the secrets, fears and desires that lie beneath the surface of a quiet seaside community. “Neighboring Sounds” will receive its US premiere at New Directors / New Films next month and will open theatrically this summer.
New York, NY — The Cinema Guild is pleased to introduce SPARK, a new label dedicated to releasing quality documentaries on the arts. SPARK titles will be released on home video and/or digital and will cover a broad range of topics within the arts, including film, music, photography, painting, literature, architecture, dance, etc.
The first releases to go out under SPARK include “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”, the raucous history of the pioneering all-Black rock band Fishbone, and “The Woman with the Five Elephants,” winner of the Sterling Award at Silverdocs, a documentary that unravels the mystery behind the life and work of the world’s greatest translator of Russian literature. Both titles will be available to own February 21, 2012.
“We’re very excited about launching SPARK,” commented Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution, “There’s a great demand for docs that tell compelling, inspiring stories about creativity and ingenuity and people who’ve enriched our lives and culture. With SPARK, we’re going to find the best of these films and make them accessible to people wherever they want to watch them – home video, web, mobile, etc.”
“Since we started our home video line several years ago, people have really responded to our DVD and Blu-ray releases,” added Peter Kelly, Senior Sales Associate, Home Video, “and SPARK is an excellent opportunity to expand our label while retaining the same level of care and commitment our customers have come to expect. We plan to release between six and eight SPARK titles this year and increase
New York, NY (June 14, 2011) — The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” co-winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild with Sezgi Üstün on behalf of producer Zeynep Ozbatur of Zeyno Film. Theatrical release details will be forthcoming.
A haunting story about a group of men, among them a local prosecutor, doctor, police chief and two murder suspects, who go in search of a missing body in the Anatolian steppes, “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” is a breathtakingly beautiful work from celebrated Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Born in Istanbul in 1959, Ceylan is the director of six feature films, including “The Town” (1997), “Clouds of May” (1999), “Distant” (2003), which won the Grand Prix and the Best Actor prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, “Climates” (2006) and “Three Monkeys” (2008), winner of the Best Director award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Those 2011 Sundance Film Festival entries keep finding distribution deals. The Cinema Guild acquired U.S. rights to The Interrupters, a documentary about former gang members who disrupt and defuse violent situations as they happen. Pic was directed by Hoop Dreams‘ Steve James and author Alex Kotlowitz. The plan is to open in theaters this summer then broadcast on PBS’ Frontline, with PBC Distribution handling home video and digital in 2012.