By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire January 18, 2011 at 4:32AM
Film Movement has acquired Zhang Meng's second feature film "The Piano in a Factory." The Chinese comedy is slated for a summer theatrical release in New York, with a rollout in select cities nationwide to follow and a simultaneous release on VOD.
The film tells the story of a father whose life is turned upside down after the reappearance of his estranged wife. The woman asks for a divorce and custody of their daughter, a demand that leads the daughter to an unusual request -- she will decide to live with whichever parent can provide her with a piano. Without the money to provide his daughter with the expensive musical instrument, the father makes the unorthodox decision of building a piano from scratch.
Below is the full release:
FILM MOVEMENT ACQUIRES
“THE PIANO IN A FACTORY”
Tokyo Int’l Film Festival Winner to be
Distributed in all of North America
January 17th, 2011 (New York, NY) - Film Movement (www.filmmovement.com), the North American film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the country, announced today their acquisition of THE PIANO IN A FACTORY. The second feature film from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Meng is in Mandarin with English subtitles, and tells the comedic, charming story of an often unemployed divorced father, trying to win custody of his only daughter by building her a piano from scrap material with the help of his misfit friends. The film will enjoy a New York theatrical opening in the summer of 2011, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date Video on Demand premiere.
“A delightful Chinese film that artfully blends music, romance, comedy and just a little social comment… a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience!” - Mark Adams, Screen Daily
“First rate! Cinematography, set design and editing are in perfect sync.” - Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Synopsis of THE PIANO IN A FACTORY:
When Chen’s estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, the musician girl decides she will live with whomever can provide her a piano. Chen’s struggle thus begins. When efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail, Chen concocts a preposterous plan - he'll make a piano from scratch! He persuades a bunch of reluctant, but loyal, misfit friends to help him forge the instrument in a derelict factory from a heap of scrap steel. Though crude in design and tune, the factory piano awaits its first and final performance from his little girl.
Acclaim for THE PIANO IN A FACTORY:
Winner – Best Actor Award Tokyo Int’l Film Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, Cinemanila Int’l Film Festival
The acquisition of THE PIANO IN A FACTORY was negotiated by Film Movement’s President Adley Gartenstein and VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, and Carrie Wong and Lammy Li of Golden Network Asia.
“Zhang Meng’s gem of a film was our surprise discovery at the Toronto Film Festival. We were immediately smitten, and felt it had the perfect combination of charm, humor and impeccable composition. We can’t wait to share it with our audiences.” says Film Movement President Adley Gartenstein.