Kino Lorber Acquires Acclaimed Native American Drama ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’

Kino Lorber Acquires Acclaimed Native American Drama 'Songs My Brothers Taught Me'

After earning acclaim at numerous film festivals last fall, Chloé Zhao’s “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” has finally found a distribution home courtesy of Kino Lorber. The film, which stars Lakota Native Americans living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Badlands of South Dakota, played at Sundance and Cannes last year and is currently nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best First Film and Best Cinematography. 

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Marking her feature film debut, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” finds Zhao punctuating the American heartland to tell the story of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The drama stars non-professional actors and follows a high school senior who must reevaluate his future after the death of his father leaves him responsible for his 13-year-old sister. 

“‘Songs’ soars with emotional resonances in an infinite landscape,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber in an official statement.”We were entranced by Chloe’s characters pursuing their destinies in small but poignant ways against grand cinematic vistas. It’s a film to be cherished and we’re inspired to bring it to audiences nationwide.”

“I’m very excited and proud to partner with Kino Lorber for the release of my film,” added Zhao. “Their diverse slates of films have always been of great inspiration for me as a filmmaker.”

Kino Lorber is planning a spring 2016 roll out, beginning with a theatrical premiere at New York City’s Film Forum on Wednesday, March 2. The deal was negotiated between Lorber and Zhao.

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