By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 12, 2011 at 8:52AM
Film Movement has acquired Julia Murat's "Historias" after a well received North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film had premiered in Venice last week. The distributor will release the film in New York in the second quarter of 2012.
Full release below.
September 12th, 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 HISTORIAS. This debut feature film from Brazilian filmmaker Julia Murat is a nuanced Portuguese-language drama about life among an aging community confronted by modernity. Premiering in Venice to rave reviews, HISTORIAS was warmly welcomed by the public at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be screening again shortly at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in Q2 of 2012, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Cable Video on Demand premiere.
Synopsis of HISTORIAS: Like every morning, Madalena makes bread for Antonio's old coffee shop. Like every day, she crosses the railways where no trains have passed for years; she cleans up the gate of the locked cemetery, and listens to the priest's sermon before sharing lunch with the other old villagers. Clinging to the image of her dead husband and living in her memories, Madalena is awakened by the arrival of Rita, a young photographer who is arriving in the ghost village of Jotuomba, where time seems to have stopped. A deep relationship is forged between the two women, which gradually builds to have a profound effect on both of their lives, as well as the rest of the villagers.
Accolades for HISTORIAS: "Striking! Lensing has an iconic power." - Jay Weissberg
Acclaim for HISTORIAS: Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival Official Selection - Venice Film Festival Official Selection - San Sebastian Film Festival
The acquisition of HISTORIAS was negotiated by Film Movement's President Adley Gartenstein and VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, and Pierre Menahem and Juliette Lepoutre of MPM Film. MPM Film is the French co-producer of HISTORIAS and has had many successes in 2011 with THE TURIN HORSE by Bela Tarr in Berlin (Silver Bear) and BEST INTENTIONS in Locarno (Silver Leopard for Best Director and Best Actor).
"Historias is one of the most beautiful, poetic and profoundly moving films we have seen in the past years. It is truly an unforgettable work of art, and Julia Murat a director to look out for in years to come. We could not be more proud to be the North American distributors," says Film Movement's Vice President of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget."