Les Blank and longtime collaborator Gina Leibrecht’s documentary “How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy” has been acquired by Kino Lorber.
The film paints a portrait of the British documentarian and his partner Valerie Lalonde while in France. It features clips of Leacock’s films. One such film, “Primary,” follows the 1960 Wisconsin Primary election between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. “Canary Bananas,” also featured in the documentary, was made by Leacock at 14 years old on his father’s Canary Island plantation.
“How to Smell a Rose” will be screened at art house theaters and film festivals during the fall, followed by a VOD and home media release.