U.S. theatrical rights to Belgian actor-director Lucas Belvaux’s French thriller “Rapt,” have gone to Lorber Films, of Kino Lorber Inc. “Rapt” is scheduled to open in New York on July 12, 2011, at Film Forum, with plans to expand nationwide shortly thereafter.
Belvaux’s film, which had its U.S. premiere earlier this year at the Lincoln Center as part of their Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series, was inspired by the 1978 kidnapping of French French industrialist Édouard-Jean Empain. Yvan Attal (“Munich”) plays Stanislas Graff, a playboy, millionaire businessman who is abducted and held ransom for 60 days. During the ordeal, much of Graff’s hidden dealings and love affairs come to the surface, forcing his family to question his loyalty.
“After being courted by various U.S. distributors,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-head of Films Distribution in a press release, “I am very happy to announce that the movie will be handled by Kino Lorber. We know the quality of Kino Lorber’s work and are always impressed by their clever marketing when it comes to art house movies with cross over potential. ‘Rapt’ is a must see for cinema lovers, and Kino Lorber is the best to carry out that message to the public.”
Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber’s co-president and CEO added: “‘Rapt’ takes corporate malfeasance to a new extreme of terrifying mischief. It’s apt to release Rapt around Bastille Day, since it’s such a nail-biting perversion of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité.”
The deal was negotiated by Lorber, and Brigaud-Robert. Remake rights were sold separately to Smuggler Films.