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Film Acquisition Rundown: Zeitgeist Films Buys ‘Don’t Call Me Son,’ Focus World Hungry For ‘Raw’ And More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

“Don’t Call Me Son”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films has acquired Anna Muylaert’s (“The Second Mother”) newest feature, “Don’t Call Me Son,” which premiered at this year’s Berlinale. The film is a fact-based drama that follows “17-year-old Pierre [who] is informed that he was kidnapped at birth and that the working-class woman who raised him is not his mother. He is obliged to take up a new life with the middle-class family who has spent 17 years obsessed by his disappearance. His tentative explorations of sexual identity, barely remarked upon by the mother he knew, prove deeply unsettling to the mother he didn’t.

The film will open in New York City at Film Forum on November 2, with a national rollout to follow. Zeitgeist’s fall slate also includes Johnny Ma’s “Old Stone” and David Schisgall’s “Theo Who Lived.”

– Focus World has picked up most worldwide territories on writer/director Julia Ducournau’s psychological horror thriller and Cannes premiere “Raw.” The distributor will release the film internationally, excluding France, Israel, Czech and Slovak Republics, Benelux, former Yugoslavia, Latin America, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. In the U.S., Focus World will debut the movie in theatrical release in the spring of 2017.

The film debuted at 2016 Cannes International Film Festival in the International Critics’ Week section, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Produced by Petit Film’s Jean des Forêts, the French-language film stars Garance Marillier and is Ducournau’s feature debut.



– Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights for Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro’s “Mine,” starring Armie Hammer as a stranded soldier who must attempt to survive on his own after he’s left behind by during a mission gone very, very wrong. A theatrical, digital and home video release throughout the U.S. and Canada will follow the film’s debut on the fall festival circuit.

– GKIDS has acquired distribution rights to “Miss Hokusai,” helmed by renowned director Keiichi Hara, the film took home the Jury Prize at the prestigious Annecy Film Festival, swept the top jury and audience awards at Fantasia Film Festival, and won Best Animated Feature at Sitges and Best Animated Feature at the Asia Pacifica Screen Awards, among others.

The film “is the untold story of O-Ei, the daughter and artistic collaborator of Katsushika Hokusai, arguably Japan’s greatest artist. Set in Edo period Japan, the film portrays O-Ei’s coming of age as a young woman, as she struggles with her identity as an artist, her emerging sexuality, and the search for the sublime through art.” The film will be released October 14 in New York and Los Angeles prior to a North American expansion.

– FilmRise has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the award-winning comedy drama, “Truman.” From director Cesc Gay, the film “explores the intimacy and tenderness of a lifelong friendship headed towards its imminent end.” The Spanish-Argentine feature film, which won five Goya Awards – Spain’s equivalent to the Academy Awards – including Best Film, will be released in select U.S. theaters in winter 2017.

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