Film Movement has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Israel’s Academy Award submission, Eran Riklis’s “The Human Resources Manager,” winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival. The company has plans to theatrically release the film across North America in March of 2011, and release it on Cable VOD next summer.
The Hebrew, Romanian and English language film follows the travails of the Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery. Separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter, and stuck in a job he hates, the manager’s life is turned upside down after one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing. The bakery is accused of indifference, so to make amends the manager is sent to the victim’s hometown in Romania.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the North American distributors of this deeply humanist film,” said Film Movement President Adley Gartenstein in a press release. “Once again Eran Riklis treats us to an intelligent story, with fascinating, complex characters, that we’re delighted to share with American and Canadian audiences.”
The deal was negotiated between Gartenstein, and Pyramide’s Yoann Ubermulhin.