The Cinema Guild has long been a prestigious and quintessential distributor of independent and art house films, handling notable recent releases such as “One Upon a Time in Anatolia,” “The Turin Horse,” “The Interrupters,” “Leviathan,” and more. The label can now boast an even more diversely cultured offering, as they have signed a three picture deal with François Scippa-Kohn’s newly formed Distrib Films, a Paris based distribution company created to specialize in the international theatrical distribution of French art house films and documentaries. Cinema Guild will be handling the video, television, and VOD release while Distrib will cover the theatrical runs.
The three films are Philippe Beiziat’s “Becoming Traviata,” a documentary following a production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” in the south of France, Joachim Lafosse’s “Our Children,” which won Best Actress for Emilie Dequenne in Un Certain Regard at Cannes as well as showing at the New York Film Festival, and another Un Certian Regard alum, “Come Undone” director Sebastien Lifshitz’ “The Invisible Ones,” a documentary about gay men and women who came of age in a decidedly more conservative France.
“Becoming Traviata” will open for a limited run at Film Forum in May before expanding to several other cities, including Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. No release date has been announced for the other two films yet. Meanwhile, we’re just excited to welcome another champion of independent international films to the world.