Icarus Films and Kimstim have acquired U.S. distribution rights to Zhang Yang’s “Paths of the Soul,” which first debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The film will have its North American premiere at the Museum of Modern Art during its 2016 Documentary Fortnight festival later this month.
“Paths of Soul” blurs the line between documentary and fiction as it follows a group of Tibetan villagers who make a Buddhist “bowing pilgrimage,” which involves laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps along the 1,200 mile road to the holy capital of Tibet. Filmed over the course of a year with non-professional actors and no script, Yang has created a mesmerizing study of faith.
The contract for the distribution of “Paths of the Soul” was signed by Isabelle Glanchant for Chinese Shadows International and Ian Stimler for KimStim. This is the second title that Icarus Films and KimStim have co-released, the first being “Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World.”
The MoMA will also host the movie’s exclusive theatrical engagement, starting on May 13.