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Film Acquisition Rundown: Rialto Brings Back ‘Battle of Algiers,’ Magnolia Grabs ‘Cézanne et Moi’ And More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

“The Battle of Algiers”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Rialto Pictures has announced the return to theaters of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece “The Battle of Algiers,” this year celebrating its 50th anniversary with a stunning new 4K restoration. The restoration has the distinction of being selected for all three major international film festivals this fall: Venice, New York and Toronto. The film originally premiered at Venice in 1966 and was the opening night selection of the 4th New York Film Festival in 1967.

Theatrical runs begin on October 7 at New York’s Film Forum, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles and E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C., followed by a major city roll-out through the fall.

– Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Academy Award nominated French writer-director Danièle Thompson’s “Cézanne et Moi,” billed as “a riveting 19th century period drama starring Guillaume Canet and Guillaume Gallienne as two of French culture’s legends, the novelist Émile Zola and post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne.”

The film “chronicles the decade-long friendship between Cézanne, who was born into a wealthy family but struggled to make a living as a painter, and Zola, who came from a poor background but achieved notoriety as a novelist. The film traces the parallel paths of their lives and careers from Aix-en-Provence to Paris, while exploring their fears and ambitions.

– Kino Lorber has picked up all U.S. rights to the internationally acclaimed documentary “Homeland: Iraq Year Zero,” directed by Iraqi-French filmmaker, screenwriter and film critic, Abbas Fahdel.

The two-part, five-hour plus chronicle of everyday life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion in 2003 had its U.S. premiere at last year’s New York Film Festival and has won dozens of international film festival awards, including the Best International Feature and the People’s Choice awards at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), the International Feature Film Grand Prix award at Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland, and the Best Documentary award at the Carthage Film Festival, among others.

The film is scheduled to premiere theatrically in New York City at Anthology Film Archives, starting October 6, and will play in select theatrical and non-theatrical venues during the coming months.

– Storyteller Ink. and their digital distribution partner FilmKaravan have announced that the acclaimed Indian documentary film “Placebo,” directed by Abhay Kumar and produced by Archana Phadke, is now available on Netflix, seeing a worldwide release.

The film is one of India’s first ever Hybrid documentaries that “brings to light a rarely seen perspective of academic excellence- pressure and isolation.”

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