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Magnolia Pictures Takes US Rights to “Tears of the Black Tiger”

Magnolia Pictures Takes US Rights to "Tears of the Black Tiger"

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights for Wisit Sasanatieng‘s 2001 Cannes feature “Tears of The Black Tiger” from Miramax Films in a deal that resurrects a title considered vanished following Miramax’s initial acquisition. The first Thai film to be accepted to Cannes, the company took the rights to the film in several territories including the U.S. Miramax and Magnolia previously teamed up to release Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s “Pulse” in 2005. Magnolia will release the original uncut version of the film on January 12th at New York’s Film Forum with a national rollout to follow. The distributor’s head of acquisitions Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Rosalind Lawton, VP of business affairs and Peter Lawson, VP of acquisitions on behalf of Miramax Films. Described as a “pad thai” Western, the film is the story of a handsome bandit who is in love with a high society sweetheart whose father is trying to keep them apart. The film was digitally tinted in post-production to achieve its signature, super-saturated look, according to Magnolia. “‘Tears of The Black Tiger’ is an amazing stylistic triumph,” commented Magnolia chief Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “It’s one of those exceedingly rare films about which can be said: ‘There’s truly nothing like it.'” [Brian Brooks]

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It’s about time!!! Thanks Magnolia. I’ve had a passionate love affair with this film for years now and it’s been a dirty shame that it has been languishing on the shelves for this long. TEARS is a truly unique joy ride that simply has to be seen by cinema fans. We screened his latest film CITIZEN DOG this year and people have been thanking me ever since for the experience.

chris clark
cinema st. louis &
st. louis intl. film festival

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