At Locarno recently, of all places, I sat down with NYC buddy and one of my favorite film people and US distributor Kino Lorber’s head honcho Richard
As always he has an amazing lineup. Richard likes art films and intelligent subject matters. He also distributes many documentaries and non English language
films. Very good taste I might add.
He bought the controversial Chinese film shown at Cannes this year, A Touch Of Sin.
It begins shockingly as it opens with a punchy bout of bloodshed as three kids brandishing hatchets hold up passing motorcyclist Zhou San (Wang Baoqiang)
on a stretch of lonely road. But they are foiled when he calmly pulls out a gun and dispatches them. That drifter, with his taste for firearms and robbery,
resurfaces later in one of the film’s four narrative strands.
At Cannes it won Best Screenplay. Kino Lorber will open this in 50 US cities and in New York at the prestigious IFC Center, in Greenwich Village on 6th
The film covers Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service in Vietnam.
Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race,
religion, and wartime dissent. ‘Trials’ zeroes in on the most controversial years of Ali’s life, when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and
conscience over fame and fortune.
The artist is confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s tragic
reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
In October this film screens at New York’s The Film Forum.
It was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and in Sundance 2012 it won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize.
A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes. She began as an
impoverished child and went on to become Chile’s national heroine.