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June 19, 2009 5:55 AM
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GKIDS Goes for "Pluto"

A scene from Myriam Verreault and Henry Bernadet's "West of Pluto." Image courtesy of the LAFF.

GKIDS, a distributor specializing in titles that cross over between adult art-house and youth audiences, and the Canadian sales agent E1 Entertainment announced today that GKIDS has acquired US distribution rights to "West of Pluto."

Written and directed by Henry Bernadet and Myriam Verreault, "Pluto" is described as "24 hours in the lives of ten suburban teens as they start pretentious rock bands, fall in and out of love, score pot, lose their virginity, throw parties that spiral out of control, and go through the quintessential experiences that make adolescence a churning mix of awkwardness, friendship, petty cruelty, and larger than life emotions."

The film, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, will also be making its LA premiere this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 24. GKIDS is planning to release the film later this year under its Flicker Lounge imprint for films that appeal to adult and older teen audiences.

“'West of Pluto' is a brilliantly constructed, exuberant, brutally honest film that captures the emotional essence of this churning, highly charged time of life," said President of GKIDS Eric Beckman in a statement. "It is a perfect example of the kind of relevant, provocative filmmaking GKIDS champions for audiences young and old."

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