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October 17, 2011 3:46 AM
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Kino Lorber to Release "Alps," New Film from "Dogtooth" Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos

Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing "Alps" the new film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose critically praised last film "Dogtooth" garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The film will be released in the US in Spring 2012.

"Alps" follows an unusual group who offers grieving family members the opportunity to have their troupe reenact and continue the lives of deceased loved ones.

Along with "Alps," Kino Lorber has announced that they will also be releasing two documentaries acquired from the same sales agent -- Match Factory -- Michael Glawogger's "Whores' Glory" and Corinna Belz's "Gerhard Richter Painting."

The full release follows.

KINO LORBER ACQUIRES THREE FROM MATCH FACTORY’S TORONTO SLATE: ALPS, WHORES’ GLORY AND GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING

New York, NY – October 17, 2011 –Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to Alps (2011), a film written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos whose Academy Award Nominated Dogtooth was released by Kino Lorber last year.

The deal was negotiated by the company’s President & CEO Richard Lorber (www.kinolorber.com), and Michael Weber, the Managing Director at Match Factory (www.the-match-factory.com/). In addition to Alps, this latest partnership between Kino Lorber and Match Factory – initiated at the Toronto International Film Festival – included the acquisition of two distinguished documentary features: Whores’ Glory (2011), by Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger (whose 2005 documentary Workingman’s Death was also distributed by the company), and Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), directed by Corinna Belz (Life After Microsoft).

Alps will next be presented at November’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles, with a New York City premiere and national release to follow in early Spring. Whores’ Glory will enjoy a run of festivals this winter followed by a March theatrical release, beginning at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. Gerhard Richter Painting will premiere in December at the prestigious showcase of Art Basel Miami Beach, and begin its national theatrical release on March 14 at New York’s Film Forum.

Richard Lorber commented: “We are delighted to be working closely again with Michael Weber and his team at Match Factory, following a most successful collaboration two years ago with our release of their Oscar Nominated Ajami. We had different but equally compelling reasons to be interested in each of the three films in this deal and it only made it more convenient that Match Factory represented them all. Their discerning taste in bringing a wide range of exceptional films to the world market remains unparalleled.”

Alps is the much-anticipated follow-up to last year’s cult sensation (and Academy Award nominee) Dogtooth, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. “A truly original work and a masterpiece of contemporary existentialism” (Cinema Scope), the film revolves around a mysterious underground group that approaches individuals and families that have lost loved ones, offering to impersonate the deceased. Writing in Variety, Boyd Van Hoeig observed that “Lanthimos’ latest offers another heady mix of peculiar occurrences, anthropological and Freudian insights into the human species.”

The third film in Michael Glawogger’s globalization trilogy (following Megacities and Workingmans’ Death), Whores’ Glory is an unflinching, and occasionally graphic, portrait of prostitution in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. Writing in the Hollywood Reporter after the film’s Venice premiere, Neil Young called it an “non-exploitative eye-opener [that] will enlighten anyone seeking better to understand what is famously a universal and timeless occupation.”

An exhilarating portrait of one of the most revered artists of our times, Corinna Belz’s Gerhard Richter Painting is a penetrating study of a master at work as well as a fascinating comment on the art of seeing. “An art film in the literal sense,” writes Variety’s Alissa Simon, “Gerhard Richter Painting offers fascinating insight into the working process of the famed contemporary artist,” as well as “a mesmerizing survey of his complete oeuvre.”

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