Ahead of its screening at the New York Film Festival which launches this week, Radu Muntean's "Tuesday, After Christmas" has been acquired by Lorber Films for U.S. distribution. The Romanian film played earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. Lorber will first release the film theatrically in May, 2011 at New York's Film Forum. Commercial engagements in select cities nationwide will then follow.
Muntean's "Tuesday" is billed as a 'stripped-down look at adultery,' in which Paul (Mimi Branescu) must choose between his wife of ten years, Adriana (Mirela Oprisor), and his mistress, pediatric dentist Raluca (Maria Popistasu).
"The film’s brilliant observational aesthetic dissects a common adulterous affair with a sensitivity and insight that’s riveting — mundane moments become imbued with quivering subtlety or heart attack impact," said Richard Lorber, Co-President and CEO of Kino Lorber. "I was stunned when I first saw it in Cannes and realized it was sort of an after the fall counterpart to our other very successful adultery drama, the sublimely repressed 'Mademoiselle Chambon.'"
The deal was negotiated by Lorber, and Jean-Christophe Simon, CEO of the Berlin-based Films Boutique.