By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire March 4, 2009 at 8:42AM
In the wake of the recent sudden closure of New Yorker Films, Zeitgeist Films has secured a deal for all rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Three Monkeys," the Cannes best directing prize-winner.
Previously set for a theatrical release this month, the movie's distribution plan will be altered slightly, but Zeitgeist said today in a statement that they will, "continue and amplify the
release pattern already established by New Yorker." The company is hoping to release the film in New York City in April.
"For me Zeitgeist is the finest film distributor around," New Yorker's Dan Talbot said in a statement today. "I'm delighted that they are handling this marvelous film."
Described as "a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit and run accident," the "Three Monkeys" description continues, "Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur to take responsibility. This sets off a series of events in a household already simmering with hidden tensions."
In a statement, Zeitgeist Co-President's Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo said that they, "feel very keenly the responsibility that Dan has given us for doing our best with 'Three Monkeys'," adding, "We're honored that he would choose us to release this film and we also feel that he made the right choice." The company released Ceylan's previous film, "Climates."