French production company Studio Canal has announced from Berlin that its film, director Robert Guediguian’s “Army of Crime” (“L’armée du crime”), has been picked up by Lorber Films, an arm of Kino Lorber, Inc., for U.S. distribution. “Army of Crime” is the rarely told story of immigrant French Resistance fighters in Paris. It was Out of Competition at Cannes last year, and has been selected for Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance’s upcoming New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Lorber Films plans a small festival run, a spring or summer opening in New York, and an expansion in the weeks following its New York theatrical opening.
Richard Lorber, the Co-President and CEO of Kino Lorber commented on the film and the partnership in a statement, “We are very happy to be working again with our friends at Studio Canal and thrilled at the chance to release this powerful and passionate film. One of my personal favorites from this year’s Cannes, we believe ‘Army of Crime’ will resonate strongly with American theatre audiences, both for its sweeping cinematic mis en scene and the compelling moral dilemmas posed in its brilliant character driven true story. Robert Guediguian’s film defines our curatorial mission as distributors; we believe it will earn a deserved place as one of the classics of tomorrow.”
Also on Lorber’s horizon is a spring release of the restored edition of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” which just had its debut at the Berlinale.