Kino Lorber Sets June 7 Blu-ray Disc Date for ‘Passion in the Desert’

Kino Lorber has announced the June 7 home release of Passion in the Desert, a 1997 film from director Lavinia Currier that is based on the 1830 short story of the same name by Honoré de Balzac.

The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc at a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Passion in the Desert is set in 1798, shortly after Napoleon I invaded Egypt. The film follows the story of a young army officer, Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), sent to protect an elderly artist who had been commissioned by Napoleon to draw some of the famous sights in Egypt. The officer ultimately finds himself stranded, alone, in the Sahara desert.  Left to his own devices, he is likely to die, but after stumbling upon mysterious ruins housing a wild leopard, the man and beast form an inextricable bond.

The movie was filmed in Jordan and the ruins in Petra. Director Currier reportedly invested $5 million of her own money on top of writing and producing the film.