By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire December 7, 2011 at 2:53PM
Film Movement has acquired American-Israeli filmmaker Ela Thier's debut feature "Foreign Letters."
The film will open in New York in early 2012 and will also be available On Demand.
"Foreign Letters" tells the story of a young Israeli immigrant girl and her friendship with a Vietnamese refugee her own age.
Full press release below:
FILM MOVEMENT ACQUIRES ELA THIER’S
DEBUT FEATURE “FOREIGN LETTERS”, BASED ON HER ACCLAIMED SHORT “A SUMMER RAIN”
Autobiographical Drama to be Distributed in all of North America
December 7th, 2011 (New York, NY) - Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the North American film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the U.S. and Canada, announced today their acquisition of FOREIGN LETTERS. This debut feature film from American-Israeli filmmaker Ela Thier is a nuanced English-language autobiographical portrait of the filmmaker’s childhood and friendships as a young Israeli immigrant. The film will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in Q1 of 2012 as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere. The film will also be released as part of Film Movement’s Jewish Film Club series.
Synopsis of FOREIGN LETTERS:
Ellie, a 12-year-old immigrant girl from Israel, is lonely and homesick. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. But as Ellie and Thuy become inseparable, they eventually hurt and betray each other. Ellie must give up her most prized possession, in order to save their friendship. Based on the filmmaker's own experience, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us.
The acquisition of FOREIGN LETTERS was negotiated by Film Movement’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget and producer-director Ela Thier.
"For her first feature, Ela has carefully crafted an intimate and personal film that perfectly captures the joys and worries of female adolescence, as well as the difficulties of adapting to a new country and culture. We were fortunate to be one of the first people to see the finished film, and are very excited to be part of its North American launch from the very beginning," says Film Movement’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget.