Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to The Decent One, the pic that just won the Best Documentary award at the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival. That’s the fest that was impacted by war itself this month, with attendees rushed into bomb shelter as rockets soared and troops began moving on the ground in the ongoing clash between Israel and Hamas. Decent One, directed by Vanessa Lapa, premiered in Berlin this year and reveals the secret personal writings and photographs from the private life of Nazi SS Commander Heinrich Himmler, providing an authentic account of the reality of Nazi Germany during Hitler’s reign through the eyes of the Nazi’s military leader. The pic is set to open at Film Forum in NYC on October 1 before a national rollout as part of an Oscar-qualifying run.
Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Cinephil managing director Philippa Kowarsky. Read More »
French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language shared the jury prize this year at Cannes – it was his first win ever at Cannes. Now the experimental pic is getting a U.S. release beginning in October after Kino Lorber acquired all North American rights. It will open first at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center in NYC late in the month, followed by a national theatrical rollout on 3D screens; a VOD and 3D Blu-ray release is planned for 2015.
The pic is 69 minutes long and centers on a couple whose relationship breaks down, with the second half taking a dog’s-eye view of the world. Check out the trailer here.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Carole Baraton, head of international sales at Wild Bunch.
Ana Lily Amirpour made an auspicious debut at Sundance with her A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and now Kino Lorber has snagged North American rights to the first-time helmer’s genre mash-up. Described as the world’s first Iranian vampire Western, the black and white horror/spaghetti Western is set in an Iranian ghost town where the denizens are unaware they’re being stalked by a lonesome bloodsucker. Amirpour wrote, directed, and produced the film which landed a spot in Sundance’s NEXT section and was the opening-night selection of MOMA and the Film Society’s New Directors/New Films program. Argo‘s Sheila Vand stars with Arash Marandi (Kunduz: The Incident At Hadji Ghafur), Dominic Rains (The Taqwacores), Mozhan Marnó (House Of Cards, The Stoning Of Soraya M), Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali rounding out the cast.
Joining Kino Lorber on the film’s domestic release is VICE Media, which will partner on transmedia cross promotion and an aggressive social media campaign. Youth-skewing VICE, which last year teamed with Drafthouse Films on Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing, is an appropriate distribution partner given the film’s soundtrack combining Middle Eastern fusion band Bei Ru, underground Iranian rockers Radio Tehran and Kiosk, and spaghetti Western-influenced Portland band Federale. Kino Lorber and VICE are plotting an October theatrical release with digital and home media debuts to follow in early 2015. Kino Lorber’s Richard Lorber struck the deal with Cinetic Media. “This stunning and stinging cinematic marvel left us speechless at its premiere, said Lorber. “We dream of finding visionary films that peel away the gauze, as Ana Lily does with rare originality in this unprecedented work.” Read More »
Kino Lorber has landed all north North American rights to Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, the prolific documentary-maker’s latest film, which had its world premiere at Sundance. The theatrical rollout will begin August 1 at NY’s IFC Center, adding Washington DC the next week and Boston and Atlanta the week after that. In addition, Kino Lorber will book Finding Fela in more than 75 additional markets where Fela!, The Musical, attracted big crowds; it will also screen at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo music fest June 13, where Fela’s son, musician Seun Kuti, will appear for a Q&A and performance.
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Finding Fela tells the story of the life of the Nigerian music and political icon Fela Kuti, whose Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) creation brought audiences closer to his fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. He was twice a Presidential candidate in the ’80s, after his socialist political views led to a government-sanctioned attack on his commune in 1977, which led to his arrest and the death of his mother. Read More »
Winner of the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award, 52 Tuesdays has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Kino Lorber. The company is planning a second semester 2014 limited release. Visit Films is handing world sales on the pic that’s also closed deals with Edko in Hong Kong and Praesens in Switzerland. The movie is screening in Berlin’s Generation 14 Plus section today. Australian helmer Sophie Hyde shot the drama chronologically, one day every week for a year. It follows a teenager (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) adjusting as her mother (Del Herbert-Jane) begins a gender transition. The characters’ time together becomes limited to once a week, on Tuesdays. Matthew Cormack scripted from a story by Hyde. Ryan Kampe, president of Visit Films says, “Kino Lorber understands the film in the way that we did when we first saw the 1 minute promo in Melbourne at 37 South and will be able to really take this film out to a wide audience, maximizing the film’s unique and groundbreaking style.” Richard Lorber, chairman and CEO of Kino Lorber, says the “courageous” film is a work of “bold and innovative cinematic structure.” Visit is also handling Berlin Competition title History Of Fear, among others.
Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to the Agnieszka Holland-directed film that follows the plight of Czech student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire to protest the the Soviet occupation of Prague in 1969, and his family’s legal fight to clear his name. Having lived in Czechoslovakia at the time the events took place, Holland made Burning Bush as a three-part, 234-minute HBO Europe miniseries, and subsequently edited it herself as a 206-minute feature length work. The nearly four-hour version of the film (at 234 minutes) is slated to open at New York’s Film Forum on June 11, before a national theatrical expansion during the summer followed by VOD and home media rollout later in 2014. Kino Lorber also controls U.S. television rights which does not include any planned HBO broadcast in the U.S. This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Dirk Schürhoff, the Managing Director at Beta Cinema.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the sci-fi action thriller The Scribbler, directed by John Suits and written by Daniel Schaffer, who wrote and illustrated the 2006 graphic novel on which the film is based. Arrow‘s Katie Cassidy stars as Suki, a woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” though, she’s haunted by a thought: What if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her? Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Imperiol and Billy Campbell co-star, and a fall 2014 release is planned. New Artists Alliance’s Gabriel Cowan Ken F. Levin of NightSky Productions produced, and Kerry Johnson as well as Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller of Caliber Media executive produce — the pic is the first of four films in a co-production deal between NAA and Caliber. The deal was negotiated by XLrator CEO Barry Gordon and Mike Radiloff and Traction Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Read More »
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.
The Foreign Language Oscar category is rarely devoid of controversy – from the moment individual countries start putting forth their films, straight through to the final nominations cut (and sometimes beyond). Australia’s entry this year, The Rocket, has joined the fray, albeit in a particular manner. The Rocket is in the Lao language, the key element that makes it eligible for the category, and is set in Laos. But that country has banned the film. This doesn’t affect its Oscar eligibility, yet it’s another twist in the world of worldwide filmmaking. The Rocket won three prizes in Berlin including Best Debut Feature, and further prizes in Tribeca including Best Narrative Feature, as well as taking the World Cinema Audience Award at AFI Fest this week. And, yet, it won’t be shown in the country it’s about. Director Kim Mordaunt’s film tells the plight of a 10-year-old boy (Tribeca Best Actor Sitthiphon Disamoe) who is blamed for a string of disasters that kill his mother and deeply affect his community. When his family is forced to move, he leads them through war-scarred land to find a new home. Kino Lorber has U.S. distribution. Mordaunt was in Bangkok today for the film’s Thai premiere and told me over the phone that the ban in Laos “doesn’t reflect the broad Lao response to the film… We’ve seen … Read More »
Immigration reform documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal?, from Marc Silver and actor/activist Gael García Bernal, has found U.S. distribution with Kino Lorber. The hot button pic will hit theaters in Spring 2014. The film shadows Bernal as he retraces the steps of an unidentified migrant worker known as Dayani Cristal, whose body was found along the Mexico-Arizona migrant trail dubbed “The corridor of death.” Seeking answers about the mystery traveler, Bernal embeds himself in the lives of border-crossing men, women, and children and witnesses the dangers they face, caught in the crossfire of America’s war on immigration. The Sundance cinematography award-winner and NYFF entry sold international rights out of Park City in January. Pulse Films and Canana Films produced the film with support from Impact Partners, Candescent Films, Ford Foundation, BRITDOC Foundation, OAK Foundation, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund. Producers are Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, and Gael García Bernal. “Clichés about the political meeting the personal evaporate as we share Gael’s journey on the trail of human tragedy, wrought by broken government policy and racial paranoia,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber, who negotiated the deal at AFM with Elizabeth Sheldon and Submarine’s Josh Braun.
UK writer-director Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition is her third feature and just premiered at the now-running New York Film Festival. Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama, a character drama about an artistic middle-aged couple who face upheaval and anxieties when they decide to sell their home and thereby their shared history. The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Ryan Kampe, the CEO of Visit Films, and Kino says it’s looking to nab Hogg’s first two features as well — both played in previous NYFF emerging artists showcases. Kino Lorber also picked up the NYFF official selection A Touch Of Sin, the bloody Jia Zhangke-directed action drama that won the Screenplay award in Cannes and which opens today in NY theaters.
Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Bruno Dumont’s French-language period drama Camille Claudel 1915, with plans to launch it in New York on October 16 before expanding the rollout later this winter. Juliette Binoche stars in the story of Auguste Rodin’s protégé (and later his mistress), and sister of the Christian/mystic poet Paul Claudel. Inspired by the correspondence between brother and sister, the pic focuses on Camille’s struggles to find understanding and recognition as an artist — and to receive a visit from her beloved brother while confined to a mental institution where she stayed until her death. Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber released Dumont’s first two films in the U.S. (The Life Of Jesus and Humanité); Lorber negotiated the current deal with Wild Bunch’s Head of International Sales Carole Baraton.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life) nabbed the Best Screenplay award this year at Cannes for his latest pic, the crime drama A Touch Of Sin. The Palme d’Or nominee and Toronto Film Festival entry tracks four characters separated by geography and social lines whose lives are impacted by modern China’s economic boom, with violent repercussions. Kino Lorber will release the film October 4 in NY following its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. Watch Deadline’s exclusive trailer:
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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. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kino Lorber’s Horizon Movies scooped up North American rights to writer-director Henry Barrial’s pic during Comic-Con. Pig, which has done well on the sci-fi fest circuit during the past year, tells the story of a man who wakes up in the desert with his hands bound and a hood over his head. After being rescued by a local woman, he realizes he has amnesia and has no idea of who he is and how he got there. A lone clue sends him on a dangerous journey of discovery. Rudolf Martin, Heather Ankeny and Keith Diamond star in the sci-fi thriller produced by Mark Stolaroff.
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 Record… Montgomery To Memphis. The updated version of the 1970 film will get a special one-night, multi-city screening event on August 28. It will also be presented at BAM’s Rose Cinemas on August 12 and 13. Following that, a special screening will be held at New York City’s Film Forum on August 28, the anniversary of King’s speech. The movie chronicles King’s life and work, from the start of his non-violent campaign for equal rights to his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Celebrity narrators include Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III and Joanne Woodward. The doc was produced by Ely Landau and associate produced by Richard Kaplan. It was originally screened as a one-time-only event on March 24, 1970 and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Documentary Feature and to be selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Foundation. The new screening iniative is in association with Gathr Films and the Regal theater chain.
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. Read More »