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Lorber Takes Frammartino's "Quattro"

An image from Michaelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Vole".

Lorber Films announced today the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte." The film debuted to much acclaim in the Director's Fortnight section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and is screening this month as an official selection of the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals.

Eric Kohn wrote of the film in a review for indieWIRE during Cannes:

"A story of anarchic goats, lively spiritual celebrations and reincarnation, Michaelangelo Frammartino's 'Le Quattro Volte' (which won the Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes's Directors' Fortnight) has a heavy philosophical load. Nevertheless, this painstakingly constructed, quasi-documentary about a shepherd and the flock where he's eventually reborn maintains an unexpectedly playful sensibility on its own terms."

The deal was negotiated by Richard Lorber, Co-President and CEO of Kino Lorber, and Fionnuala Jamison of Coproduction Office. "Quattro" will have its U.S. theatrical premiere on March 30th at New York’s Film Forum, followed by engagements in select cities nationwide.

"'Le Quattro Volte' is sure to be one of the classics of tomorrow," Lorber said in a statement. "It’s a brilliant integration of the rich traditions of neorealist Italian cinema and transcendental visionary filmmaking. We are ecstatic to herald Michelangelo Frammartino’s work into the fall festival season and connect U.S. audiences to this new auteur of major importance.”

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