By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 21, 2013 at 1:48PM
Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin," currently in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and MK2's International Sales Executive Victoire Thevenin.
Full press release below.
New York, NY - May 21, 2013 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce that it has acquired all US rights to Jia Zhangke's (24 City, Still Life) latest film A TOUCH OF SIN, a four-part story inspired by real-life events and focused on the violent impact (and hefty human sacrifice) of the Chinese economic boom on its own citizens.
While prepping the film for a late fall or early winter national theatrical release, Kino Lorber will book this acclaimed Chinese film in select film festivals across the United States. This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and MK2's International Sales Executive Victoire Thevenin.
The New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis recently referred to A TOUCH OF SIN as Jia Zhangke's "finest film since his 2006 feature 'Still Life,'" also describing it as "a portrait of contemporary China told through four savagely violent episodes that take place in distinct areas of the country."
Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber spoke about the film while still at Cannes: "I've been both a follower and admirer of Jia's work for many years, but A TOUCH OF SIN struck me like lightning. Watching this film was a bracing cinematic experience, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to introduce this bold and unique title to a wide audience in the US."
Besides A TOUCH OF SIN, Kino Lorber also recently acquired all US and Canadian rights to the Tribeca and Berlin Film Festival winner The Rocket, written and directed by rising talent Kim Mordaunt (Bomb Harvest).