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iW NEWS | Koch Lorber Gets Bahrani’s “Chop Shop”

iW NEWS | Koch Lorber Gets Bahrani's "Chop Shop"

Ramin Bahrani‘s “Chop Shop” has been acquired by Koch Lorber for a February 2008 release that will kick-off at Film Forum in New York City. The company, which also handled the DVD release of his previous film, “Man Push Cart” earlier this year, acquired the film from Big Beach in a deal brokered by Cinetic Media. “In only a few short years, Ramin has proven to be one of his generation’s most original new voices,” said Lorber. “Following the storytelling success of ‘Man Push Cart‘, ‘Chop Shop’, which received universal acclaim at the world’s most prestigious film festivals, is certain to strike an emotional chord with audiences. We’re excited to continue our relationship with such a gifted filmmaker.” The film, which was recently nominated for the Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, is the story of a young Latino street orphan who works at an auto-body repair shop in Willet’s Point, Queens. It debuted earlier this year in Cannes and later had its North American debut in Toronto. [Eugene Hernandez]

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