Kino Lorber Acquires North American Rights to Foreign Film ‘Chili 1976’

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American distribution rights to Manuela Martelli’s 1976, which made its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and will be released in North America as Chile 1976.

Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release next winter.

The directorial debut of Chilean actress Manuela Martelli (Machuca, Il Futuro), Chile 1976 is written by Martelli and Alejandra Moffat and stars Aline Kuppenheim, reuniting with her Machuca co-star Martelli, alongside Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina and Alejandro Goic. The film is produced by Chilean writer-directors Omar Zuniga (The Strong Ones) and Dominga Sotomayor (Too Late to Die Young) for Cinestación, Alejandra Garcia, and Andres Wood for Wood Producciones, and co-produced by Nathalia Videla Peña and Juan Pablo Gugliotta for Magma Cine. 

Set during the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship, Chile 1976 builds from quiet character study to gripping suspense thriller as it explores one woman’s precarious flirtation with political engagement. Carmen (Aline Kuppenheim), who leads a sheltered upper middle class existence, heads to her summer house to supervise its renovation, while also performing local charitable works through her church. When the family priest asks her to take care of an injured young man he has been sheltering in secret, Carmen is inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, leading to disastrous consequences.
 
The deal for Chile 1976 was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Jennyfer Gautier, head of international sales for Luxbox Films. 

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“As the tone of Manuela Martelli’s masterful debut morphs from drama to thriller, it relentlessly draws audiences into lead character Carmen’s psyche in a chillingly experiential way,” Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell said in a statement. “Chile 1976 explores political and social issues that remain quite relevant today, and though set in Pinochet’s Chile, we think Carmen’s journey into dangerous waters will resonate with North American audiences.” 
 
“I am glad that 1976 will be part of a catalog along with other important films that have influenced me. Kino Lorber is an amazing partner to reach North American audiences and to have the film be seen as much as possible,” Manuela Martelli said in a statement.

Korean Crime Thriller ‘Paid in Blood’ Headed to Hi-Yah! Streaming Service June 17, Digital July 26 From Well Go

The Korean crime thriller Paid in Blood debuts June 17 exclusively on the martial arts action streaming service Hi-Yah! before hitting digital only on July 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, when a powerful crime ring starts construction on the largest casino in all of Asia, the group is challenged by a young, vicious gangster (Jang Hyuk) from Seoul who will stop at nothing to gain power. In a desperate attempt to stop the newcomer’s plot to kill his way to the top, the gang’s leader declares all-out war on the man and his followers.

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Written and directed by Yoon Youngbin, the actioner stars Yoo O-Seong (Beat, Champion, Spy), Jang Hyuk (The Swordsman), Park Seong-geun (Stranger, Into the Ring), Oh Dae-hwan (Deliver Us From Evil, Veteran, The Great Battle), Lee Hyun-kyun (“To All the Guys Who Loved Me”) and Shin Seung-hwan (Vagabond, The Battleship Island, Veteran).

 

‘Ip Man: The Awakening’ Due on Hi-Yah! Streaming Service May 20, Disc and Digital June 21

The Chinese martial arts drama Ip Man: The Awakening will be released on the streaming service Hi-Yah! May 20 and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc and digital June 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, while visiting Hong Kong, a young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man’s close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group’s notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on.

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Co-directed by Li Xi Jie and Zhang Zhu Lin, Ip Man: The Awakening stars the rising wing chun martial arts master Miu Tse (aka Miao Xie, My Father Is a Hero), assuming the legendary title role alongside cast members including Chen Guan Ying, Zhao Yu Xuan, and Hao Yan Fei. The bonus features include a new English dub.

 

Japanese Fantasy ‘Sayo’ Due on Digital May 24 From Mill Creek

Mutiny Pictures’ Japanese fantasy Sayo will be released on digital May 24 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In the film, Nagisa lost her twin sister Sayo two years ago. One night, on her way home, a strange taxi driver picks her up and takes her to another world, the land of the souls where she goes on a journey to reach out to her sister one last time. 

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The fantastical twist on the road-trip genre stars Nagisa Chauveau (Sumire, Unsaid) and Jai West (Equals, Love Exposure). 

The film has English subtitles.

Finnish Drama ‘Compartment No. 6’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7

The Finnish romance drama Compartment No. 6 will be released on digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, a young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride and a tiny sleeping car with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of compartment no. 6 to face the truth about their own yearning for human connection.

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The film was an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (Grand Prix award for director Juho Kuosmanen), 2021 Seattle International Film Festival, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and 2021 Zurich Film Festival.

Horror Thriller ‘Row 19’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD May 31 From Well Go

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In the foreign film, when several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths, a young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood. 

Row 19 stars Svetlana Ivanova (Cosmoball), Marta Timofeeva (Abigail, Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest), Wolfgang Cerni (T-34), Ekaterina Vilkova (Dark Planet, Black Lightning, Hipsters), Anatoliy Kot (House Arrest, Lektor, Battle for Sevastopol) and Victoria Korlyakova (Power, Better Than Us).

The bonus features include a new English dub.

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Italian Film ‘The Fashion Lover’ Due on Digital May 17 From Ariztical

The foreign coming-of-age drama The Fashion Lover will be released through digital retailers May 17 from Ariztical Entertainment.

In the Italian film, young Sardinian shepherd boy Giovannino dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Unfortunately, his small rural town is a long way from the bright lights. With his cheating father out of the picture, Giovanni must reckon with an angry mom. But two friends, a fashion teacher with connections and a buddy who’ll do anything for him, give Giovanni hope.

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Directed by Marco Pollini, the film stars Pino Ammendola, Frencesco Desogus, Mariandrea Cesari, Valentina Sulas and Davide Garau.

The Fashion Lover – Trailer from Ariztical Entertainment on Vimeo.

 

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Director Yoon Jae-keun (Heartbeat)​ and award-winning martial arts choreographers Park Young-sik and Chung Seong-Ho (SAG Awards, Best Stunt Ensemble, “Squid Game”) bring to life the story of a man who loses his memory and subsequently wakes up in a new body every 12 hours. He must piece together his identity, all while evading attacks from pursuing agents and dangerous criminals.

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Winner of the Daniel A. Craft award for Excellence in Action Cinema at the 2021 New York Asian Film Festival, Spiritwalker stars former K-pop singer Yoon Kye-Sang (Chocolate, The Outlaws), Park Yong-Woo (Nailed), Lim Ji-Yeon (Obsessed, High Society) and Park Ji-Hwan (The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure).

Bonus features include an all-new English dub and behind-the-scenes content.

The film has been optioned by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (“Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” series) for a possible Hollywood remake.

 

 

Oscar-Nominated Documentary ‘Writing With Fire’ Due on DVD April 26

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In the film, reporting from a social environment built to divide based on caste and gender, a fearless group of journalists maintain India’s only women-led news outlet. The women of Khabar Lahariya (“Waves of News”), all from the Dalit (“untouchables”) caste, prepare to transition the newspaper from print to digital even though many of their reporters don’t have access to electricity at home. Armed with smartphones, chief reporter Meera and her team of investigative journalists confront some of India’s biggest issues — exposing the relentless discrimination against women and amplifying the voices of those who suffer from the oppressive caste system.

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The film chronicles the astonishing determination of these local reporters as they empower each other and hold those responsible for injustice to account.

Bonus features include “Firemaking: The Story of Writing With Fire,” a filmmaker Q&A from the DOCNYC premiere, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

Russian Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Project Gemini’ Due on Digital and Disc March 15 From Well Go

The Russian sci-fi thriller Project Gemini will be released for digital purchase, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after centuries of destroying Earth’s resources, humankind faces the grim reality that its last shot at survival may require creating an entirely new home — in outer space. An international expedition is quickly formed to find a suitable new planet, but when plans go awry, the crew is suddenly stranded without power on a strange planet. Unfortunately, they’ll soon learn that something truly unimaginable has been out there watching, lying in wait for the unwary human scouts.

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The first feature film from director Serik Beyseu, Project Gemini stars Moscow International Film Festival “Spirit of Fire” award winner Egor Koreshkov (Dostoevskiy), Alyona Konstantinova (Involution), Dmitriy Frid (The Balkan Line, Heroes and Cowards), Nikita Dyuvbanov (Superdeep, Beyond the Edge), Lisa Martinez, Kostya Samoukov, Viktor Potapeshkin (Let’s Name Her Lisa) and Petr Romanov (I Am Dragon, Lovi Moment).