Icarus Films has landed North American distribution rights to a brand new restoration of Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's 1963 documentary "Le Joli Mai." The landmark film follows ordinary Parisians during the "first springtime of peace" in May 1962 after ceasefire between France and Algeria; made possible by the development of lightweight, sync-sound cameras.
The restoration work was supervised by Lhomme (Marker passed away last year) and will be presented in DCP, made from a new 2K scan. The new scan will play at several major film festivals before debuting theatrically at Film Forum in New York on September 13th, followed by a theatrical roll-out and DVD release in November. The deal was negotiated by Jonathan Miller, president of Icarus Films, with producers La Sofra, and ARTE France.