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Arclight Films’ BRANDED with Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor & Max von Sydow Makes Cannes Market Premiere

May 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Arclight Films Announces the Market World Premiere of
BRANDED
This May in Cannes

Mind-Bending Sci Fi Thriller Stars Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor
& Oscar Nominated Max von Sydow

LOS ANGELES (May 11, 2012) – Arclight Films, one of the world’s premiere independent film sales companies, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto announces the world premiere of the mind bending, sci fi thriller BRANDED starring Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor and Max von Sydow who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in INCREDIBLY LOUD AND EXTREMELY CLOSE. Roadside Attractions has acquired all North American distribution rights. The film rounds off Arclight Films’ Darclight label.

BRANDED is a dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where corporate brands have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population disillusioned, dependent and passive.  One man’s (Misha, played by Ed Stoppard) passion to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with the hidden forces that really control our world.

“The most powerful weapon on earth today is not a gun or a disease, nor is it even visible to many. It is marketing,” said the film’s director, Jamie Bradshaw. “Marketing is the power to control your desires and change your mind, and if you look closer there is something about it that is not of this earth.”

BRANDED is the vision of two widely respected marketing executives:  Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain.  Bradshaw co-founded Ignition Creative, one of the leading creative advertising agencies in Hollywood.  Doulerain is Chief Creative Officer of one of Russia’s most popular TV Networks TNT.  Bradshaw and Doulerain co-wrote, produced and directed.  Ed Stoppard, Leelee Sobieski, Jeffrey Tambor, Ingeborga Dabkunaite and Max Von Sydow star.

“BRANDED is a thrilling project from all angles and a very special addition to the Darclight label,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about working with Jamie Bradshaw, Alexander Doulerain and an extremely talented team of players. The special f/x and commercial value of this film are particularly exciting.”

BRANDED was picked up by Roadside Attractions who’ve acquired all North American rights for the film. The studio plans a nationwide theatrical release this September and Lionsgate has home entertainment, VOD and other ancillary rights through their output deal.

The market world premiere takes place this May in Cannes.

About Arclight Films
Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home video and is celebrating its tenth year in business. Arclight Films has sold over 130 motion pictures including the 2004 Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and 2007 Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hit WOLF CREEK (2005) and the current slate that includes 3D shark action thriller BAIT and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (2008) starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES (2010) starring Donnie Yen, legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s SACRIFICE (2011) and a live action adaptation of the world-renowned legend MULAN, now in pre-production. The latest additions to Easternlight’s slate include 2012 Cannes Film Festival “Directors Fortnight” official selection DANGEROUS LIASIONS and THE ASSASSINS starring Chow Yun Fat.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto.

 

40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks announces theatrical release plans for Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Will partner with Variance Films for August 10th theatrical release

Republic of Brooklyn, April 25, 2012 – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks announced today that the company will undertake its first independent distribution effort with founder Spike Lee’s Brooklyn coming-of-age story, RED HOOK SUMMER. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks will partner with New York-based Variance Films for the theatrical release, which will begin August 10th, 2012 in New York City theaters, expanding to the top 30 markets throughout the month of August.

“From my very first joint back in 1986, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, I have been an independent filmmaker, and even today I still am,” said Spike Lee.  “I’m elated to join forces with Variance Films for the independent distribution of my new joint RED HOOK SUMMER.  We look forward to getting this film into the marketplace, where we believe 100 percent that there is a starving audience for American independent films like RED HOOK SUMMER.”

“Variance’s sole mission is to ensure filmmakers retain their rights and their power,” said Dylan Marchetti, founder of Variance Films, “and I can’t think of a filmmaker that would make better use of both than Spike Lee.  Spike is truly one of the godfathers of independent filmmaking, and RED HOOK SUMMER is an entertaining, yet thoughtful, film that says something we think needs to be said.  We couldn’t be more excited to work with Spike and his team to ensure that audiences across the country will be experiencing this fantastic film with their friends and family.”

The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook.  Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ.  Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn.  Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.

The deal was brokered by Dylan Marchetti of Variance Films with CAA and Robert Strent of Grubman, Indrusky & Hireon on behalf of 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:www.redhooksummer.com

 

ABOUT 40 ACRES AND A MULE FILMWORKS
40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks is the production company of Spike Lee. Founded in 1986 in his childhood neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, it has produced feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos and short films. 40 Acres has been a training ground for young unknown black talent, both in front of and behind the camera, who have gone on to make their mark in Hollywood today.

ABOUT VARIANCE FILMS
Founded in 2008 in Brooklyn, Variance Films is a New York City-based theatrical distributor whose sole mission is to bring the best in independent cinema to theaters across the continent, while allowing filmmakers to retain all rights to their work.  Founded in 2008 by Dylan Marchetti, Variance distributes films using innovative release strategies that focus on collaborative, filmmaker-centric grassroots marketing to drive audiences to theaters.  Recent Variance Films releases include John Sayles’ Philippine-American War epic AMIGO, José Padilha’s ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN (Brazil’s official submission for the 2011 Academy Awards™), Damien Chazelle’s jazz musical GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, and the highest-grossing film of all time in China, Jiang Wen’s hilariously dark action-comedy LET THE BULLETS FLY.  For more information, please visit www.variancefilms.com.

 

Arclight Films Announces 2012 MIPTV Lineup

April 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Pacino’s WILD SALOMÉ, 33 POSTCARDS starring Guy Pearce &
THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken Included in Arclight Films’ MIPTV Lineup

For more information on Arclight Films, please visit www.arclightfilms.com

CANNES (April 2, 2012) – Arclight Films, one of the world’s premiere independent film sales companies, with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto announces their 2012 MIPTV Lineup that includes Oscar Wilde’s SALOMÉ directed by and starring Al Pacino and featuring Jessica Chastain (THE HELP), THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater (now starring in the new FOX series BREAKING IN) and Q’orianka Kilcher. Arclight Films encompasses one of the most diverse libraries of genre films in the industry.

MIPTV premieres include 33 POSTCARDS, THE POWER OF FEW and supernatural thriller SHADOW PEOPLE from the producer of CAPOTE.

The ever-expanding business, Arclight Films is now in its tenth year, offering a dynamic roster of films that span three divisions: Arclight Films, the parent company, Darclight, specializing in edgy genre-driven feature films, and Easternlight, with the largest offering of Asian Feature Films of any non Asian-based indie film label in the world. Easternlight recently sold THE ASSASSINS, starring Chow Yun Fat, to Well Go USA in the days leading up to Hong Kong Filmart.

“MIPTV is recognized in the industry as a world class leader, showcasing new projects in every genre for all platforms” said Clay Epstein, newly appointed VP of Sales and Acquisitions for Arclight Films. “Arclight Films’ wide-ranging slate reflects the very heart of this market,” he continued.

Below are highlights of the 2012 Arclight Films MIPTV lineup.

Arclight Films Lineup
Including but not limited to: THE POWER OF FEW starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater and Q’orianka Kilcher, WILD SALOMÉ directed by and starring Al Pacino, and Jessica Chastain 33 POSTCARDS starring Guy Pearce, and HEARTBEAT AWAY starring Isabel Lucas and BREAKAWAY with Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters and Rob Lowe.

Darclight Lineup
SHADOW PEOPLE (Supernatural Thriller) produced by Michael Ohoven (COPOTE, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) featuring Alison Eastwood (MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, TIGHTROPE), Dallas Roberts (3:10 TO YUMA, WALK THE LINE), PANIC AT ROCK ISLAND (Disaster Thriller) starring Grant Bowler and Vince Colosimo, ALTITUDE (Disaster Thriller) with Jessica Lowndes, Juliana Guill and Ryan Donowho UNREQUITED (Psychological Thriller) with Michael Welch, Sarah Habel and David Keith, CAUGHT INSIDE (Psychological Thriller) with Ben Oxenbould, Daisy Betts, Sam Lyndon and Simon Lyndon SCARY OR DIE (Horror) with Corbin Bleu, Bill Oberst Jr, Domiziano Arcangeli, Nicole Moore, Alexandra Choi and BEREAVEMENT (Horror Thriller) with Michael Belhn, Alexandra Daddario, and Peyton List.

“We’re thrilled to have the ability to offer such high quality films by legendary and award-winning filmmakers as well as giving up-and-comers a platform to showcase their work,” said Gary Hamilton, CEO of Arclight Films. “The market is always evolving and we are right there with it.”

About Arclight Films
Arclight Films is one of the world’s leading international sales companies for theatrical, television and home video and is celebrating its tenth year in business. Arclight Films has sold over 130 motion pictures including the 2004 Best Picture Oscar® winner CRASH, and 2007 Golden Globe® Best Picture Nominee BOBBY.

Arclight Films additionally encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horror hit WOLF CREEK (2005) and the current slate that includes 3D shark action thriller BAIT and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. Films sold under the Easternlight banner include the worldwide blockbuster FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (2008) starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 BLADES (2010) starring Donnie Yen, legendary auteur Chen Kaige’s SACRIFICE (2011) a live action adaptation of the world-renowned legend MULAN. The latest additions to Easternlight’s slate include DANGEROUS LIASIONS and THE ASSIASINS.

Arclight Films maintains a presence at all major motion picture and television festivals and markets with offices in Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Toronto.

 

Academy Celebrates French New Wave with Photo Exhibition and Screening of Godard’s “Breathless”

March 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a recently restored 35mm print of “Breathless” (“À bout de souffle”) on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The screening is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Academy’s new exhibition “Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier.” Cauchetier was the set photographer for this and many other key titles of the French New Wave movement.  There will be special evening gallery hours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the screening.

“Breathless” (1960) launched a global passion for “La Nouvelle Vague” (“The New Wave”) and made actors Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo international stars.  The film also became an inspiration for a generation of legendary French filmmaking talent.

Writer-director Jean-Luc Godard made his feature film debut with this now classic work.   François Truffaut conceived the story, Claude Chabrol served as the artistic supervisor, and Jean-Pierre Melville appears in the role of the writer, Parvulesco.

The film’s cinematographer, Raoul Coutard, supervised the creation of this new print in 2010, for the 50th anniversary of the original French release date.

Since “Breathless” impressed audiences and filmmakers alike with its jazzy take on the American crime film, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging and sometimes controversial films, cementing his reputation as one of the seminal modernists in the history of cinema.  He is credited with having influenced numerous contemporary directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino.  Godard received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2010, inscribed “For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.”

“Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier,” which includes production photographs from “Breathless,” is the first exhibition outside of Europe to showcase Cauchetier’s motion picture work.  On view will be 125 newly made, black-and-white prints from Cauchetier’s own 35mm negatives.  The printing was personally overseen by Cauchetier, now in his 90s, at his preferred lab in Paris.  Other films represented in the exhibition include “Adieu Philippine,” “Baisers volés” (“Stolen Kisses”), “Jules et Jim,” “Lola” and “La peau douce” (“The Soft Skin”).  “Photos de Cinéma” is open to the public through June 24 in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills.  Regular viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is free.

Tickets for “Breathless” on March 23 are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  All seating is unreserved.  For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners­—the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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TRAVIS CAMPBELL WINS BEST DIRECTOR AT QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL FOR “MR. BRICKS”

March 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

March 7, 2012, New York, NY – Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment is proud to announce that Mr Bricks, the heavy metal murder musical, won the prestigious Directing Award at the Queens World Film Festival. Director Travis Campbell was presented with the honor at the awards ceremony on Sunday 4 March 2012. The film had its New York premiere at the festival, following its world premier at Sitges Film Festival. Mr Bricks will be presented in a limited number of top quality North American cinemas and festivals prior to its release on home video and The Pirate Bay.

Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical introduces tattooed muscleman Tim Dax as Mr. Bricks, an ex-con left for dead in an empty New York City warehouse. Rocked by headaches caused by the bullet lodged in his brain, he pieces together memories – the barrel of a gun…his girl’s scream…and eventually, the face of the dirty cop (Vito Trigo, Dark Windows) who pulled the trigger! All he wants is to find his missing girl Scarlet (Nicola Fiore, Miss Cannibal Holocaust, Game Over), and vows to kill anyone who gets in his way…but what if Scarlet doesn’t want to be found?

Love is murder in this bloody tale of lust, desire, and revenge. Like G. G. Allin meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mr. Bricks will knock you out of your seat with nine head-banging musical numbers, including Motörhead’s latest hit, “Outlaw.”
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest-running independent movie studios in United States history, and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink. Among today’s stars whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio and Samuel L. Jackson. Visit Troma at www.troma.com, www.lloydkaufman.com, www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman, and www.tromapast.tumblr.com.

 

FRANCE AWARDS LEGION D’HONNEUR TO THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY CO-CHAIRMAN HARVEY WEINSTEIN

March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

FRANCE AWARDS LEGION D’HONNEUR TO
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
CO-CHAIRMAN HARVEY WEINSTEIN

Weinstein To Receive Country’s Oldest And Highest Honor In Ceremony In Paris

Paris, France – March 2, 2012 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy has named Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company (TWC), a recipient of the 2012 Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of Weinstein’s contributions to cinema and his decades of work producing some of the most highly regarded films of our time. Weinstein was nominated personally by President Sarkozy on July 22, 2011 and will receive the award in a ceremony to take place in Paris.

President Sarkozy wrote the following upon nominating Weinstein to the Légion d’Honneur:  “This prestigious distinction, which I wanted to come from my personal allocation, is a testimony of the admiration of millions of French citizens for the exceptional quality of the films that you have produced.  It also expresses our gratitude to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema which you have enabled so many Americans to discover.”

Said Weinstein, “I am honored and humbled by this recognition from President Sarkozy and the people of France.  All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema.  I am still the young boy who walked two miles to The Mayfair movie theater in Flushing, NY to see films by the greats – Lelouch, Godard, Renoir and my personal favorite François Truffaut. They inspired me and led me to the place I am in today. I hope to continue my friendship with France and its filmmakers for many years to come.”

France’s oldest and highest distinction, the Légion d’Honneur was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is awarded to outstanding individuals who have contributed to France and to the ideals it upholds.  Past recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Akira Kurosawa, Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro, Satyajit Ray, and Steven Spielberg to name just a few. Weinstein requested to keep the honor private until now to avoid any conflict of interest with Academy Award® Best Picture winner THE ARTIST.

Weinstein will enter the Légion d’Honneur with the grade of “Chevalier.” Weinstein has been bringing interesting and cutting edge independent films to audiences for three decades, first as founder and Chairman of Miramax from 1979-2005, and subsequently as founder and Co-Chairman of TWC, launched in 2005. In spring 2011, he acquired Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST, a French production that went on to win five 2012 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Over the years, the cultural impact of some of his most well known films – PULP FICTION, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE AVIATOR, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE PIANO, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, GOOD WILL HUNTING – has been recognized and awarded on many levels. Weinstein has been responsible for the distribution and promotion of more than 30 French films in the United States, including previously released EDITH AND MARCEL (EDITH ET MARCEL, 1983); DELICATESSEN (1991); THREE COLORS: BLUE (TROIS COULEURS: BLEU, 1993); THREE COLORS: RED (TROIS COULEURS: ROUGE, 1994); THREE COLORS: WHITE (TROIS COULEURS: BIALY, 1994); AMÉLIE (2001); LE CONCERT (2009); SARAH’S KEY (ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH, 2010); and upcoming releases including box office sensation THE INTOUCHABLES (UNTOUCHABLES, 2011); A GANG STORY (LES LYONNAIS, 2012); WAR OF THE BUTTONS (LA NOVELLE GUERRE DES BOUTONS, 2012); and PLAYERS (LES INFIDELES, 2012).

LETTER TO HARVEY WEINSTEIN FROM PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY

July 22, 2011

Dear Mr. Weinstein,

I have great pleasure of informing you that I have signed a decree which nominates you to the order of the Legion D’Honneur.

This prestigious distinction, which I wanted to come from my personal allocation, is a testimony of the admiration of millions of French citizens for the exceptional quality of the films that you have produced.  It also expresses our gratitude to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema, which you have enabled so many Americans to discover.

I would like to express my personal congratulations for the well deserved distinction which France has bestowed on you.

Yours sincerely,
Nicolas Sarkozy

 

SOUND OF NOISE Opening in Los Angeles and New York on March 9

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Written and Directed by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjärne Nilsson

 OPENING IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK ON MARCH 9

**Cannes Film Festival 2010 (WON-Young Critics Award) **
**Fantastic Fest 2010 (WON-Best Fantastic Film)**
**Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011 (WON- New Voices/New Visions Special Jury Mention) **
** Molodist International Film Festival 2010 (WON-Audience Award) **

Magnolia Pictures will release the celebrated audacious Swedish comedy SOUND OF NOISE, about a group of “musical anarchists” who orchestrate a series of musical attacks on a city, and the tone-deaf cop who hates music hot on their trail. The film opens in Los Angeles on March 9 at The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre for an exclusive one-week engagement.

When a group of “musical anarchists” attack the city using only found objects as their instruments, seemingly nothing can stop them as they revel in the music they compose and the chaos they create. Unconcerned with being caught, the groups’ antics draw the attention of the city’s top anti-terrorism cop, Amadeus Warnebring.  The only member of a prestigious family of famous musicians without any musical talent and disgruntled by a lifetime of feeling inferior, Amadeus channels his hate for music and noise into an unrelenting pursuit of the criminals. With the entire city watching, both sides refuse to quit until their pursuits reach an inescapable crescendo of noise.

Running time: 102 minutes
Language: Swedish (with English Subtitles)
Rating: R for language and some brief nudity
Press Materials: http://www.magpictures.com/

 

Kino Lorber Acquires All US Rights to Daniel Auteuil’s “The Well-Digger’s Daughter” (2011)

February 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New York, NY – February 13, 2012 – After in-demand screenings during this year’s EFM (European Film Market), currently taking place in connection to the 2012 Berlinale, Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to Daniel Auteuil’s beloved directorial debut The Well-Digger’s Daughter (La Fille Du Puisatier).

This already celebrated remake of Marcel Pagnol’s eponymous 1940 film stars Mr. Auteuil (Caché) as well as Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Le Havre), Sabine Azéma (Private Fears in Public Places) and Nicolas Duvauchelle (White Material, Beau Travail), among others.

Recently selected to premiere at the 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French cinema, The Well-Digger’s Daughter is set for a June commercial run at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and will expand to other major markets during the summer of 2012. The film’s VOD and home video releases are set for later in the year. Moreover, actor Jean-Pierre Daroussin is scheduled to attend the film’s premiere in early March, during Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

The Well-Digger’s Daughter also marks Daniel Auteuil’s returns to the Pagnol universe; Mr. Auteuil also starred in the Marcel Pagnol adaptations Jean de Florette (1986) and Manon des Sources (1986), both directed by Claude Berri.

Set in pre-WWII France, The Well-Digger’s Daughter tells the moving story of Pascal Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil), a hardscrabble well digger who is forced to come to terms with his 18-year-old daughter’s early pregnancy. “Imbued with the bucolic charm and the conspicuous lack of villains that is typical of Pagnol’s work,” (Variety) the film begins with Patricia Amoretti’s (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) first romantic encounters with 26-year-old fighter pilot Jacques Mazel (Nicolas Duvauchelle); Mr. Auteuil and cinematographer Jean-François Robin depict their intense romance with both beauty and sensibility.

However, as is often the case with Pagnol, class struggle and social norms get in the way of a happy life. As Jacques Mazel is drafted to war and Patricia Amoretti finds herself pregnant, the wealthy Mazels accuse the working-class Amorettis of trying to steal their fortune. The situation worsens when Jacques goes missing on the frontlines, and the Mazels have a change of hearts about their son’s only child.

“Daniel Auteuil’s outstanding career has reached a new height with this incredibly perceptive and humanist directorial debut,” says Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “The Well-Digger’s Daughter combines our company’s love for Pagnol’s oeuvre with our profound admiration of Mr. Auteuil’s career, so we’re incredibly lucky to be releasing this film in the United States. I’m certain that American audiences will be deeply moved by this universal story of love, loss and family unity.”

This acquisition was negotiated between Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber and Pathé International’s Executive VP, International Sales, Muriel Sauzay.

About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent distribution for over 30 years and releases over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics and Alive Mind Cinema banners. In addition, the Company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market on over 15 internet platforms and VOD services.

 

Kino Lorber Opens Putin’s Kiss (2011) in New York City on Feb. 17, After its Sundance Premiere

January 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

KINO LORBER OPENS PUTIN’S KISS (2011), AT NEW YORK’S CINEMA VILLAGE ON FEB. 17

New York, NY – January 17, 2012 –  Kino Lorber is proud to announce the theatrical release of Putin’s Kiss (2011), a film by Lise Birk Pedersen. Set for a North American premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, in the World Cinema Documentary competition category, Putin’s Kiss opens at New York’s Cinema Village on February 17, 2012. National dates will follow, before a home video release later this year.

This “riveting” (Leslie Felperin, Variety) documentary focuses on a popular Russian youth organization with direct ties to the Kremlin: Nashi. Officially committed to advancing “anti-fascist and anti-oligarchic-capitalist” ideals, Nashi members are often found promoting the country’s main political party – United Russia – and measures sponsored by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Through their street protests and media reach, Nashi has become a powerful presence in many aspects of Russian life. Despite opposition from famed intellectuals, the group continues to attract an increasing number of young Russians, making Nashi one of the country’s most powerful indoctrination forces. In one of their annual summer camps, Vasily Yakemenko, the group’s creator and leader, told a crowd of eager teenagers: “… in exactly eight days, you will leave as a different person.”

Specifically, Putin’s Kiss traces the evolution of Masha Drokova, a middle-class, 19-year-old girl who joined the group at the age of 16 and quickly became a spokesperson for the organization. Her direct access to Yakemenko, now the country’s Minister of Youth, gave Masha her own TV show and many financial perks, including the chance to meet (and kiss) Mr. Putin himself.

As a Nashi leader and spokesperson, Masha has to defend a series of controversial measures on national television (e.g. condoning the burning of a book featuring homosexual characters). But through this process, Drokova is also exposed to several key figures of the opposition movement, including the journalist/blogger Oleg Kashin – and she begins to debate them on a regular basis. Although Oleg and Kasha passionately disagree on several topics, they grew to respect and like each other.

Influenced by information acquired in her contact with the opposition, Masha’s bid for re-election (within Nashi) is measured and conciliatory, and she loses her position to a more incendiary and nationalistic member. Furthermore, when “unknown perpetrators” attack Oleg Kashin and put him on the brink of death, Masha joins a protest demanding enhanced protection for members of the opposition, further alienating herself from Mr. Yakemenko. But can Masha leave Nashi and remain safe?

Together, Oleg and Masha form an iconic portrait of the intellectual, ethical and socio-economical crossroads faced by young people in a post-soviet, capitalist Russia. Their fascinating and evolving perspectives on the realities of Russian political life are a testament to their generations’ commitments to a better future – and a proof that despite significant pain and sacrifice, Russians are once again, engaged in writing their own history.

 

Kino Lorber Acquires Worldwide Rights to King: A Filmed Record (1970)

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Seminal Civil Rights Documentary, Now Restored by the Library of Congress, To Be Re-mastered in HD and Re-issued Spring 2012

New York, NY – December 13, 2012 – Kino Lorber, Inc. (www.kinolorber.com) is proud to announce the acquisition of all worldwide rights to the acclaimed and seminal documentary KING: A FILMED RECORD … MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS (1970).

Produced for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation by Ely Landau (The American Film Theater collection), KING is an epic document of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., from the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott to his assassination in 1968.

Both a historiography of the non-violent, civil rights movement and a portrait of the movement’s inspiring leader, KING is comprised of original footage captured during those turbulent years. “The events are allowed to speak for themselves,” wrote The New York Times’ Ellen Holly. “The roar of police motorcycles, bombs, burning crosses, ambulances, gospel, shouts, the massed crowds before the Lincoln Memorial at the 1963 March on Washington, and, most thrilling of all, the speeches of the man himself.”

Without any voice-over narration, KING uses contemporary film/newsreel and video/television footage to brilliantly convey the boiling indignation of an oppressed people and their revolutionary organizing. Juxtaposed over this footage are dramatic readings by actors Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ben Gazzara, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Paul Newman, Anthony Quinn, Clarence Williams III and Joanne Woodward. These sections were co-directed by Sydney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

KING was nominated for the an Academy Award (in the Best Documentary category) in 1970, also being deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress in 1999 and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO & President Richard Lorber and Richard Kaplan, the Academy Award-winning director (The Eleanor Roosevelt Story) who served as Associate Producer on KING.

Following a series of special theatrical bookings throughout the country, Kino Lorber will release KING to the educational market via its educational division, Kino Lorber Edu – before making it available to other platforms, such as the DVD market and VOD channels. Kaplan’s company, A Filmed Record, has helped to create a new 35mm print restored from the archival elements of the original held at The Library of Congress. Kino Lorber will create a new HD master for the film’s Blu-ray release from this new print.

‘KING: A FILMED RECORD is a rare record of history in action that captures the momentum of the Civil Rights movement and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” says Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “It is arguably the definitive film about one of the seminal movements (and political leaders) of 20th Century history.”

“Kino Lorber will make KING more widely available to a whole new generation of viewers,” said Richard Kaplan, President of A Filmed Record and Associate Producer of the original film. “I am pleased to have it join the distinguished films in the Kino Lorber collection.” Over 30 years ago, Richard and I worked together to distribute KING both to TV and the educational market. I look forward to working with him once again.”

KING: A FILMED RECORD … MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS premiered as a special “one-time-only event” on March 24, 1970 in over 600 theaters throughout the United States. The film, three hours in length, was billed as “An Evening in Tribute to Martin Luther King.”

A critical success, KING was nominated in 1970 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category, and raised over three million dollars for the benefit of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Fund. A shorter version of the film was subsequently made available to TV stations across the globe, but the original, unedited, three-hour version of the film, has rarely been shown in recent years.

About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent distribution for over 30 years and releases over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics and Alive Mind Cinema banners. In addition, the Company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases and digital distribution on over 15 internet platforms and VOD services.

 

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