Documentary to see theatrical release late this year

“Yasukuni,” a Japanese documentary about the country’s attitudes to war criminals, has been acquired for French release by Jupiter Communications. Company plans a theatrical release later this year.

International sales are being handled by the Film Library, which picked up the pic shortly before Cannes.

Directed by Chinese helmer Li Ying, pic about the shrine honoring Japanese dead — including WWII war criminals — has caused howls of outrage from Japanese politicians, shrine officials and film financiers. Its Japanese release was delayed by protests and required distributor Argo to find other theaters.

“In a more and more violent world, it is essential to be conscious of the criminal aspect of wars. This confrontation with the ugly, non-heroic side of war will not change the past, but allow us to improve the future of our children,” said Jupiter topper Jan Roeloffs.

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