Kino picks up niche pair

Co. plans to release pix early next year

Kino Intl. has acquired Stateside rights to South Korean helmer Im Kwon-Taek’s New York Film Festival entry “Chihwaseon” (“Strokes of Fire”) and Costa-Gavras’ “Amen.”

“Strokes,” which drew director kudos at Cannes, is a period pic about the life of 19th century Korean artist Ohwon. Kino plans to release the film early next year.

Looking back

Based on Rolf Hochhuth’s 1963 play “The Deputy,” “Amen” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and opened the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Controversial pic looks at the response of the Catholic Church to the Holocaust.

“Amen” was shot in English in Germany, Romania and Italy. It stars Mathieu Kassovitz (“Amelie”) and Ulrich Tukur. Kino plans to release the film early next year.

Kino, celebrating its 25th year, is set to open another Korean pic, “Take Care of My Cat,” on Oct. 18. Company last released “The Piano Teacher,” starring Isabelle Huppert, and the restored version of Fritz Lang’s classic “Metropolis.”

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