Lifesize Takes "Wall" for August Release
by Brian Brooks
New Jersey specialty film distributor Lifesize Entertainment has acquired North American theatrical and DVD rights to Sundance 2005 feature, "Wall" (Mur) by Simone Bitton, the company announced Wednesday. Lifesize president Bruce Frigeri, and V.P. Jim McNally negotiated the deal with Loic Magneron of Paris-based sales company Wide Management. Lifesize plans a New York theatrical release in August, with other cities following thereafter.
According to Lifesize, "Wall" is a "cinematic meditation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which the filmmaker 'blurs the lines' of hatred by asserting her double identity as Jew and Arab. The film follows the separation fence that is destroying one of the most historically significant landscapes in the world, while imprisoning one people and enclosing the other.
"Wall" received the World Cinema Documentary special jury prize as well as the best documentary nod at the 2004 Jerusalem Film Festival. "Wall" premiered in New York at the 2005 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Now in its seventh year, Lifesize Entertainment is a full-service North American distribution company and worldwide sales agent for feature films and documentaries. Current theatrical releases include "Liberated Zone" by Norbert Baumgarten, "Steve & Sky" by Felix Van Groeningen, and Kim Ki- duk's "Bad Guy."