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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Loneliest Planet,’ ‘Orchestra Of Exiles,’ ‘Pusher,’ ‘The Zen Of Bennett’

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 10:28pm PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Two music-oriented documentaries are rolling out in this weekend’s Specialty arena. Tribeca Film Festival 2012 doc The Zen Of Bennett will begin a slow release with the focus on legendary Tony Bennett. Orchestra Of Exiles heads to theaters trailing the Israeli Philharmonic to various cities along with the film about its WWII origins. Sundance Selects will bow Julia Loktev’s long-time-in-coming The Loneliest Planet, starring Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg in a limited release. And Radius TWC will open its first pickup title Pusher in select cities. The film has been on VOD in the U.S. for one month.

The Loneliest Planet
Director-writer: Julia Loktev
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
Distributor: Sundance Selects

Producer Marie Therese Guirgis first came on board The Loneliest Planet six years ago. Financial maneuvering would lead the project down many international paths before it settled into the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where writer-director Julia Loktev initially wanted to shoot. “I was working with Julia and Lars [Knudsen] and Jay [Van Hoy from Parts and Labor] all came on board together,” said Guirgis. “The project had some things fall through. We initially started with full funding with a particular investor. Read More »

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Abramorama To Release Tony Bennett Docu, Netflix To Stream

By | Wednesday September 26, 2012 @ 12:12pm PDT

The Zen Of Bennett, which debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is coming to the big screen and the little screen. Benedetto Films has signed a deal with Abramorama to handle the theatrical release of the documentary about the singer’s long career. It will open in New York on October 24 and expand November 2 to Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs, with more cities to follow toward the end of the year. Netflix, meanwhile, will debut The Zen Of Bennett on November 12 for streaming subscribers. Directed by Unjoo Moon, this is the first film from Benedetto. Danny Bennett and Jennifer Lebeau are the producers. Abramorama has handled the release of documentaries like the Oscar-nominated Exit Though The Gift Shop, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil and Neil Young’s Trunk Show.

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