Bay Area arthouse distributor Turbulent Arts has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to “Lilies,” Canadian helmer John Greyson’s sophomore feature effort.Based on Michel Marc Bouchard’s play “Les Fleurettes,” the film recently won a Genie award for best picture — the Canuck equivalent of the Oscar. Set in a men’s jail in 1952 Quebec, “Lilies” is a highly stylized tale of homosexual love and revenge, crosscut between past and present events. “Lilies” was adapted by Bouchard and stars Jason Cadieux, Matthew Ferguson and Brent Carver. Greyson’s initial full-fledged feature outing was the AIDS musical “Zero Patience.” Marc Smolowitz, prexy of the two-year-old Turbulent Arts, acquired the films from Toronto-based Alliance Independent Films, a division of Alliance Communications. The film will be released in the U.S. later this summer, following screenings at the San Francisco Intl. Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Los Angeles’ Outfest. The film previously unspooled at Sundance, Toronto, New York and Rotterdam film festivals and picked up prizes at both Montreal and Locarno. In addition to “Lilies,” Turbulent Arts has several films slated for release this year, including the Czech film “Marian,” helmed by Petr Vaclav and premiering in the U.S. at the S.F. film fest; and “Never Met Picasso,” a U.S. indie comedy directed by Stephen Kijak, starring Margot Kidder and Alexis Arquette. The company previously released Karim Dridi’s French-Arab feature “Bye Bye.”
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