U.S. rights to Cristian Jimenez’s “Bonsai” have been picked up by Strand Releasing, the distributor said Friday. Strand picked up the 2011 Cannes Un Certain Regard feature from Rezo and plans an early 2012 release.
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Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Cristian Jimenez’ “Bonsai” from REZO. The film premiered in Official Selection at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. The film wryly chronicles the relationship of Julio, a young writer who falls in love with Blanca as he tries to woo her with his writing skills as an aspiring novelist, and in turn recounts the romance he had 8 years earlier with a past classmate, Emilia as inspiration for the plot of his book.
Jimenez says “A generational echo resonates in the film. it is a tribute to the act of lying, as way to discover the truth.”
Based on an international prize winning sensation by Alejandro Zambra, this Chilean novel captivated readers and has been translated in multi-languages around the globe.
The film features music by Caroline Chaspoul and Eduardo Henriquez founding members of the indie-rock band PANICO.
The deal was done between Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and REZO’s Sebastien Chesneau.
This is Jimenez second feature after the “Optical Illusions” which screened in 30 festivals worldwide. The film is produced by chilean film company Jirafa (“Huacho”, “Old Cats”, “Optical Illusions”), in coproduction with Rouge International (France.) Both co-producers continue to work with Cristian in his upcoming third film.
Strand plans for an early 2012 release.
Strand Releasing is based in Culver City, CA and is run by Marcus Hu and Gerrans. Current releases include Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Catherine Breillat’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” Philippe Le Guay’s “The Women on the 6th Floor,” and Paddy Considine’s “Tyrannosaur.”