The film was directed by Brizé (“Mademoiselle Chambon,” starring Lindon) and co-written by Brizé and Olivier Gorce. Brizé supports his lead with a cast of non-pros playing dramatized versions of themselves.
Cannes Buy: Kino Lorber Acquires Cannes Award-Winner ‘Measure of a Man’
Cannes Buy: Kino Lorber Acquires Cannes Award-Winner 'Measure of a Man'
The distributor scooped up all U.S. and Canadian rights to Stephane Brize’s sixth feature, “The Measure of a Man,” which took home the Best Actor prize for star Vincent Lindon. The movie is a sensitive portrayal of a working-class man struggling to stay employed and care for his family, as well as keep his values in a tough world.
Art-house distributor Kino Lorber, which released “Mademoiselle Chambon” in the United States (grossing over $530,000 in theaters alone), is planning to release the film in theaters in the fall of 2015, after booking North American festivals. Home media and digital releases will follow in 2016.
“With ‘The Measure of a Man’’s hugely deserved Best Actor honor,” said Richard Lorber, “we’re keen to share this gift with North American audiences. This deeply moving performance and uniquely framed tale delivers a profound new humanistic insight into questions of economic justice.”
Kino Lorber also acquired U.S. rights to Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke’s Cannes Competition title “Mountains May Depart,” having handled the U.S. release of his controversial 2013 Cannes corruption drama “A Touch of Sin.”
An emotional heart-wringer, “Mountains” shows the pace and cost of social change in China, as a young couple marry and divorce and the once-vital mother (Zhao Tao) loses touch with her son, Dollar, after he moves with his successful businessman father to Australia. Dollar learns to speak English, no longer understands Chinese, and barely remembers his mom.