The company has picked up domestic theatrical rights to the pic about “Tanny” Le Clercq, who became a muse for George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins before her career was cut short by polio in 1954 at age 27. Director Nancy Buirski’s documentary Afternoon Of A Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq played at the New York Film Festival last month, and it will bow in NYC on February 5. Kino Lorber will follow with a national release. American Masters, which co-produced the docu, holds the TV rights.
Toronto Briefs: Kino Lorber Nabs Daniel Auteuil’s ‘Marius’ & ‘Fanny’; Eva Sorhaug To Helm Boxing Biopic ‘Lenny’; FilmBuff, Everyday Bite For ‘Burt’s Buzz’
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Kino Lorber has acquired two new films from French helmer Daniel Auteuil after releasing his directorial debut The Well-Digger’s Daughter stateside last year. The distributor has taken U.S. rights to Fanny and Marius, two features also adapted from the works of French filmmaker/playwright Marcel Pagnol. The remakes of Pagnol’s original 1930 and 1931 films will be released in early 2014. The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber and Pathé’s Muriel Sauzay, Head of International.
Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter’s Salon Pictures has attached directors to three projects on its production slate. Taussig and Van Carter are the former Revolver/Gunslinger execs who left to set up London-based Salon earlier this year. Together they will produce Lenny, a biopic of fighter Lenny McLean to be directed by Eva Sørhaug. Sørhaug will also write the script. Her last film, 90 Minutes, was nominated for seven Amanda Awards in Norway. Irish actress, writer and director Sharon Horgan has been tapped to helm Meet Me In Ten Years, written by Student Oscar-winner Fran Poletti. Horgan previously directed the 3D Little Cracker for Britain’s Sky. Finally, Pratibha Parmar will direct Intercourse, a theatrical documentary about the life and work of radical feminist writer and activist Andrea Dworkin. Parmar’s last film was this year’s Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth.
EXCLUSIVE: In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and of the March on Washington, Kino Lorber will release a newly restored and re-mastered edition of Oscar-nominated documentary King: A Filmed …
Celebrated poster artist Drew Struzan is already a rock star among cinephiles. The creator of some of the most iconic film posters of the last four decades is now also the star of his own film. Drew: The Man Behind The Poster will debut July 19 at Comic-Con via Kino Lorber with a screening at San Diego’s Gaslamp 15 during the annual pop culture convention. It will then open in NYC on August 16 and additional markets, followed by VOD this fall. A prolific artist who got his start in commercial design and album covers, Struzan hit his stride in the 1970s and ’80s defining his dynamic style with instantly iconic designs for the Indiana Jones, Back To The Future, and Star Wars marketing campaigns. Other recognizable works include posters for Blade Runner, The Goonies, First Blood, The Thing, The Muppet Movie, the Police Academy series, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, and Hellboy. In 2008 Struzan announced his retirement. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Frank Darabont, and Guillermo del Toro appear in the docu feature to pay tribute to Struzan, who is also scheduled to appear on a Comic-Con panel for the film.
New York, NY – May 21, 2013 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce that it has acquired all US rights to Jia Zhangke’s (24 City, Still Life) latest film A Touch Of Sin, a four-part story inspired by real-life events and focused on the violent impact (and hefty human sacrifice) of the Chinese economic boom on its own citizens.
While prepping the film for a late fall or early winter national theatrical release, Kino Lorber will book this acclaimed Chinese film in select film festivals across the United States. This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and MK2′s International Sales Executive Victoire Thevenin.
The New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis recently referred to A Touch Of Sin as Jia Zhangke’s “finest film since his 2006 feature Still Life,” also describing it as “a portrait of contemporary China told through four savagely violent episodes that take place in distinct areas of the country.”
New York, NY – April 4, 2013 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Artsploitation Films as exclusive home entertainment distributor of Artsploitation’s label in the U.S. and Canada. Kino Lorber will handle distribution of Artsploitation’s catalog and new releases in packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and to all major digital platforms. Artsploitation Films, which specializes in unsettling and provocative films from around the world, plans to release between 12-18 new titles per year, all of which will play the North American festival circuit, and at least half of which are expected to be released theatrically nationwide.
Hyde Park Names Stephen Gary VP
Ahead of Cannes, Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group has picked Stephen Gary as VP of its international sales division. He comes from IM Global, where he worked on titles like Before Midnight Dead Man Down. He’ll report to Hyde Park International’s president Eric Christenson. The company’s current slate includes Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks, Adult World with Emma Roberts and John Cusack and Sunlight Jr. with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, as well as an untitled Elmore Leonard project that stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. Gary’s career began in the global finance and distribution department at William Morris Endeavor and includes a stint at Essential Entertainment, where he executed sales on The Expatriate and Barney’s Version. - Joe Utichi
Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay, an intimate look at the best-selling author, historian, actor, and artist told largely in Jay’s own voice. The film, which debuted …
New York, NY – February 8, 2013 – Kino Lorber is pleased to announce that it has acquired all U.S. rights to Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. This fourth film from acclaimed indie auteur Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) is an exceptionally inventive comedy that won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award honoring a film whose theme is science or technology. It was also previously awarded a Tribeca Film Institute Sloan grant in 2012. Computer Chess will have its International Premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival and will also be presented in the U.S. at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. A national theatrical release is planned for mid summer or early fall.
Kino Lorber, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of theatrical U.S. rights to writer / director Joan Carr-Wiggin’s crowd-pleasing comedy if i were you, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, and Aidan Quinn. The film will be released theatrically in select cities across the nation on March 15, 2013. Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with producer David Gordian of Paragraph Pictures.
New York, NY – November 12, 2012 – Kino Lorber, Inc. (www.kinolorber.com) is proud to announce the acquisition of all North American rights to Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, a moving documentary about maverick guitarist Jason Becker, a legend in the US music scene who has lived with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), for the last two decades.
Directed by first-timer Jesse Vile, Jason Becker tells the story of a man who refuses to give up on his outstanding talents despite incredible odds. When doctors diagnosed the 19-year-old rock star with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, they said he would never make music again – and that he wouldn’t live to see his 25th birthday. Twenty-two years later, Jason Becker is alive and making great music, having released a total of five albums since being diagnosed with ALS. His latest work, “Boy Meets Guitar – Volume 1 of the Youngster Tapes,” was released earlier this year.
Winner of a Special Jury Prize (Golden Starfish Award) at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival, Jason Becker will begin its theatrical run on December 14 at New York’s Cinema Village. The film also won a Special Jury Prize at this year’s CineQuest, in Silicon Valley, and was selected for this year’s DocNYC.