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Sundance Biopic Winner 'Violeta Went to Heaven' Acquired by Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Andres Wood's "Violeta Went to Heaven." The film, which this year won the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize, is about musician, folksinger and poet, Violet Parra of the Latin American music world.

The biopic premieres in New York City this week at the Latinbeat film series held by The Film Society of Lincoln Center. Kino Lorber is looking to release the movie into theaters nationally in November or December of this year, with a VOD option and theatrical expansion for early 2013. 

An official synopsis of the film follows:

Tracing the evolution of an iconic woman, from an impoverished childhood to international sensation, VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN captures the ups and downs of a life that both transformed and propelled Latin American music during the 20th century.

Directed by Andrés Wood (Machuca, Football Stories) and scripted by Eliseo Altunaga (Machuca, Matias Lira's Drama) the film also traces Violeta's many political struggles, including her work to protect indigenous cultures and her transformation into a political inspiration for millions of citizens in the continent. One of her most famous songs, "La Carta," was written in support of her brother's arrest and incorporated, like much of her work, indigenous rhythms.

"Gracias a la Vida," considered by many her absolute masterwork, was covered by Mercedes Sosa, Joan Baez and many other artists across the globe; it continues to be one of the most covered songs in Latin America.  

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