Kino International has announced the acquisition of the US rights to Benjamin Heisenberg’s “The Robber” (Der Raeuber), one of the feature film selections at this year’s New York Film Festival. Described on The New York Film Festival website as “at once an action thriller, a love story, a character study, and an existential parable,” “The Robber” was adapted from a novel that was in turn based on the real-life case of a champion marathoner who led a double life robbing banks in Austria during the 1980s, usually wearing a Ronald Reagan mask.
“‘The Robber’ is one of the best kind of movies,” Donald Krim, Kino International topper said in a statement, “an art house thriller in which the intrigue is based on the revealed personality kinks of the main character – rather than solely based on pumped up action and grand music. We look forward to working with the talented first-time director Benjamin Heisenberg to bring this film to US audiences.”
The deal was negotiated by Francois Yon, head of Paris-based Films Distribution, and Richard Lorber, Co-President and CEO of Kino Lorber, the company that encompasses the releasing arms of Lorber Films, Kino International, and Alive Mind.
The acquisition of “The Robber” by Kino International comes after Kino Lorber acquired four other titles also selected for this year’s New York Film Festival. Other titles showing in the current NYFF and scheduled for release by one of Kino Lorber’s labels include “Poetry,” by Lee Chang Dong (Kino International), “Le Quattro Volte” by Michelangelo Frammartino (Lorber Films), “Tuesday After Christmas” by Radu Muntean (Lorber Films) and “My Joy” by Sergei Loznitsa (Kino International).