August 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 


Director Wong Kar Wai and Martin Scorsese celebrate the upcoming release of MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS
PHOTO CREDIT: Amanda Schwab, StarPix

New York, NY – August 15, 2013 – Filmmaking legends Wong Kar Wai and Martin Scorsese met in New York yesterday to celebrate the upcoming release of Wong’s kung fu epic THE GRANDMASTER. The Weinstein Company, who is releasing the film theatrically, recently announced that Scorsese is lending his name in presentation of the picture, deeming it MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS ‘THE GRANDMASTER.’

The film, which stars internationally beloved actors Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, and Chang Chen and is executive produced by Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, will open in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto on August 23rd and nationwide on August 30th.

Filmed over the course of 22 months in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, the actors underwent several years of rigorous and extremely challenging kung fu training for their roles in the film. Years of research before production and a virtual battalion of martial arts trainers on set ensured that THE GRANDMASTER portrays both the Chinese martial arts and the world of the martial artists with unprecedented authenticity, with fight scenes choreographed by renowned action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (THE MATRIX, KILL BILL, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.)

Said Scorsese: “Wong Kar Wai has turned martial arts into a modern dance.  Every movement hit with precision, every emotion drenched with underlying honor. THE GRANDMASTER, arranged with both elegance and fury, left me mesmerized.”

“Marty has always been a great inspiration,” said Wong Kar Wai. “We are so thankful for his support of the film.”

Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein: “Marty Scorsese’s reaction to THE GRANDMASTER couldn’t have been more enthusiastic.  When Marty champions a film, nothing is better; it is the ultimate seal of approval.  I look forward to audiences seeing this wildly entertaining and artistic film.”

5 BROKEN CAMERAS Nominated in the Best Documentary Category for the 85th Academy Awards®

January 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 


New York, NY – January 10, 2013 – The critically acclaimed Palestinian and Israeli co-production 5 BROKEN CAMERAS, co-directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi and distributed in the United States by Kino Lorber Inc., has been nominated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the Best Documentary category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

A peaceful protest in Bil’in, West Bank.

5 BROKEN CAMERAS has also won the top prize (Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking) at yesterday’s Cinema Eye awards, presented at The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Michael Moore gracefully accepted the award for co-Directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be associated with a film of such impact and importance,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber.

“As unimaginable as it was for this collaborative Palestinian-Israeli film to actually get made, is now the fact that it is being so acclaimed as both a work of art and a landmark political documentary.  We are beside ourselves with pride to be the distributor of this unprecedented film.”

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat.

Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat’s video cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.”

Co-Directors Guy Davidi (left) and Emad Burnat (right)

Emad Burnat is a Palestinian farmer and a freelance cameraman and photographer. His experience includes filming for TV channels such as Al-Jazeera, Israeli channels 1, 2 and 10, and Palestinian television. He has also worked with Reuters on several occasions, and filmed footage for the documentaries Bil’in, My Love, Palestine Kids, Open Close, and Interrupted Streams, among others.

Born in Jaffa, Israel, Guy Davidi is a documentary filmmaker and cinema teacher. He has been directing, editing, and shooting films since the age of 16. As a cameraman, he shot the films Hamza and Journal D’une Orange for France 3. Davidi also directed many short documentaries such as In Working Progress, Keywords, and Women Defying Barriers, which were presented in film festivals and venues worldwide. In 2010, Guy Davidi’s first feature film, Interrupted Streams, premiered to great acclaim at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.


November 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New York, NY – November 12, 2012 – Kino Lorber, Inc. is announcing 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 ALS – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), 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.

By mixing never-before-seen home movies, photographs from his guitar-playing childhood in Richmond, CA, and interviews with the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, among many others, Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet paints a vivid portrayal of a man whose passion for music has inspired everyone around him.

At the age of 20, Becker joined David Lee Roth’s band, replacing Steve Vai, and it was while recording the album A Little Ain’t Enough in 1989 that he won the coveted Best New Guitarist award from Guitar Magazine. Preparing for the subsequent tour, Becker began to feel what he called a “lazy limp” on his left leg. When he was diagnosed with the always-fatal disease, Becker kept fighting to continue making music under any circumstance.

In 1996, Becker released Perspective (the first after the diagnosis), an instrumental album composed by him (with the exception of Bob Dylan’s song “Meet Me in the Morning”). By using guitar, and later, a keyboard, he continued to compose while his disease worsened. When Becker could no longer physically play even a keyboard, his friend and music producer Mike Bemesderfer helped him with a music-composing computer program which could read the movements of his head and eyes, enabling Becker to continue to compose after he lost control of the rest of his body.

Kino Lorber’s Vice President, Elizabeth Sheldon, who negotiated the deal with Ana Vicente from the U.K-based Dogwoof commented: “The adjectives ‘tragic’, ‘powerful’ and ‘heart-breaking’ don’t do justice to Jesse Vile’s near-perfect film. Vile’s portrait invokes far more than pity, with its inspirational story of the tragedy endured by both Becker and his family. The film is a true testament to the power of the human spirit and artistic talent.”


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New York, NY – September 25, 2012 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Alain Resnais’ YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET, a beautiful and poetic ensemble film about love and theater from the acclaimed director of LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD and HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR – as well as the recently released WILD GRASS.

The rights have been acquired from STUDIOCANAL, who co-produced the film and manage its international sales.

An official selection of the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET features an impressive cast that includes some of the most acclaimed names in French (and international) cinema. Among them are: Mathieu Amalric (Cosmopolis), Pierre Arditi (Private Fears in Public Spaces), Sabine Azema (Wild Grass), Hippolyte Girardot (Lady Chatterley), Anne Consigny (A Christmas Tale), Michel Piccoli (Habemus Papam) and Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men), to name a few.

The film is set to have its North American Premiere on October 2, 2012, at The 50th New York Film Festival; Kino Lorber will release YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET in all major markets in early 2013.

Here’s the official NYFF copy for the film:

“Based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET opens with a who’s-who of French acting royalty being summoned to the reading of a late playwright’s last will and testament. There, the playwright (Denis Podalydès) appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave and asks his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theater company performing his Eurydice-a play they themselves all appeared in over the years. But as the video unspools, instead of watching passively, these seasoned thespians begin acting out the text alongside their youthful avatars, looking back into the past rather like mythic Orpheus himself.

“Gorgeously shot by cinematographer Eric Gautier on stylized sets that recall the French poetic realism of the 1930s, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET is an alternately wry and wistful valentine to actors and the art of performance from a director long fascinated by the intersection of life, theater and cinema.” (The 50th New York Film Festival; The Film Society of Lincoln Center).

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Vanessa Saal, VP International Sales at STUDIOCANAL.  He commented:

“We are exceptionally pleased to bring Alain Resnais’ latest and smartest cinematic confection to American audiences. Full of surprises, wit, and poignancy, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET is a truly astonishing work from a legendary director (who’s almost 90) that reveals new possibilities for the art of cinema. We believe this aptly titled film will assume its place as a classic of tomorrow while very much delighting audiences today.”

Spike Lee’s RED HOOK SUMMER Trailer Now Available

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The official trailer for Spike Lee’s latest film RED HOOK SUMMER is now available . RED HOOK SUMMER will debut in New York on August 10, and will expand to the top 30 markets throughout August.

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.


June 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present  the 1963 ensemble comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” as the inaugural film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Directed by nine-time Oscar® nominee Stanley Kramer, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), Film Editing (Frederic Knudtson, Robert C. Jones, Gene Fowler, Jr.), Music – Music Score, substantially original (Ernest Gold), Music – Song (Gold, Mack David), Sound (Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon E. Sawyer, Sound Director), and took home the Oscar for Sound Effects (Walter G. Elliott).

Prior to the screening, there will be a panel discussion with actors Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Stan Freberg and Barrie Chase, as well as script supervisor Marshall Schlom, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and Stanley Kramer’s widow, Karen Kramer.

The 70mm short “The Miracle of Todd-AO” (1954) will be screened before the film.  This live action short highlights the innovation of the Todd-AO wide-angle lens with an optical journey from the Grand Teton
National Park to the streets of San Francisco.

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” a six-film series, will run Mondays through August 13, showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects.

The remaining screenings in the series are:

July 16    “Sleeping Beauty” (1959)
July 23    “Grand Prix” (1966)
July 30    “The Sound of Music” (1965)
August 6    “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
August 13    “Spartacus” (1960)
Series passes for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are on sale now.  Passes are $20 for the general public and $15 for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Tickets to individual evenings, if still available, will go on sale Friday, June 29.  Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Passes and tickets may be purchased online at, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  For the latest pre-show details call (310) 247-3600 or visit


June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Theatrical and VOD release planned for 2013

Los Angeles, CA(June 5, 2012) – IFC Midnight is acquiring all US rights to REPLICAS, the acclaimed thriller from director Jeremy Power Regimbal, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.  Starring Selma Blair (HELLBOY), Joshua Close (THE PACIFIC), James D’Arcy (W.E.), and Rachel Miner (BULLY), the film was produced by Regimbal and Justin Tyler Close, and was executive produced by Tina Pehme, Kim C. Roberts and Susan Jackson.  Celluloid Nightmares has all foreign rights.

Following a tragic incident, the Hughes family escapes their busy, upscale suburban life in order to spend some quality time at their isolated country home.  An evening with friendly neighbors is suddenly interrupted when one man’s obsession with perfection escalates into a violent struggle, forcing all to go beyond anything they ever thought they were capable of in order to survive.

Jackson, of North American sales agent Turtles Crossing LLC, negotiated the sale with Jeff Deutchman, Director, Acquisitions & Productions, Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

REPLICAS is Jeremy Power Regimbal’s first feature after helming numerous commercials and music videos through his company The Lab Media Group.  The script, co-written by cast member Joshua Close, was based on a story from Regimbal and producer Justin Tyler Close, the creators of The Lab Magazine.

IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

About Turtles Crossing LLC:

In 1999 Susan Jackson founded indie film and TV sales company Turtles Crossing, LLC, selling hundreds of films and TV shows to studios, networks, Cable TV channels and independent distributors in the USA.  Turtles Crossing’s clients include independent producers, investors, foreign sales companies, banks, foreign TV networks and agents.  Previous Turtles Crossing titles include Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Dirty Girl starring Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, Tim McGraw and William H. Macy.

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.



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.

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

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

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.


March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 


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).


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

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