New York-based film distributor Film Movement has announced the acquisition of Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest feature film, “After the Storm.” The film stars Kore-eda regular Abe Hiroshi “as a struggling novelist who attempts to reconcile with his mother, ex-wife and young son and finds the opportunity when a passing typhoon hits.”
“After the Storm” premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and will make its North American premiere in the Masters program of the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Of the acquisition, Michael E. Rosenberg, President of Film Movement, commented, “Film Movement is honored to be releasing this Japanese master’s latest film. His comparison to Ozu is aptly deserved, as he captures the great sensei’s humanistic spirit in his stories and in the details.”
Film Movement will release the film theatrically in February 2017, followed by a digital and home video release.
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Sony Pictures Classics released Kore-eda’s “Our Little Sister” earlier this year.