By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 28, 2009 at 4:44AM
The U.S. rights to Ursula Meier's "Home" - Switzerland's official entry for the 82nd Academy Awards - have been acquired by Lorber Films. Starring Isabelle Huppert, the film marks the second feature for Meier (after 2003's "Strong Shoulders"). It premiered in the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by a U.S. premiere at New Directors/New Films in 2009 at MoMA in New York. Lorber Films will open the film in New York on November 27th at the Cinema Village, followed by a national roll-out. The deal was negotiated by Tanja Meissner of Paris-based Memento Films International and Richard Lorber.
"Ursula Meier's humanistic vision seizes on a highway as a metaphor for ecological degradation but really brings it 'home' as an invasion of a once happy family's country life," Lorber Films head Richard Lorber said in a statement. "Their world implodes before our eyes as the onslaught of traffic with its unending din and debris disrupts their senses and grip on reality. Isabelle Huppert performs with uncanny authenticity and charisma in this airtight environmental allegory."
As described by Lorber, "Home" follows "a middle class family who enjoy everyday life in their simple house that lies on a lush, grassy field next to an abandoned highway. With no neighbors or cars for miles, they revel in their happy, simple existence -- and each other's company. Michel (Olivier Gourmet) gets to work by hopping in his car on the other side of the empty stretch of road that seems to lead nowhere. Marthe (Isabelle Huppert) maintains a joyous household defined by water-fights, sunbathing, communal bathing and other happy antics... But when construction on the desolate highway suddenly begins, the danger and incessant whizzing of tens of thousands of cars overpowers the family's every waking moment, and the dynamic changes."
Lorber Films is the theatrical and DVD releasing arm of Lorber HT Digital that specializes in award-winning international films, classics and documentary features. Current and upcoming releases include "An American Journey," director Philippe Seclier's ode to the photographer Robert Frank's photographic manifesto "The Americans," and "Nobody's Perfect," a feature documentary by Niko von Glasow.