Aladdin buys New Yorker Films library

Distributor to release six to eight films a year

Iconic film distributor New Yorker Films has returned, a year after closing down abruptly.

The boutique label, which got its start by distribbing Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Before the Revolution,” announced Tuesday that California-based Aladdin Distribution had acquired the New Yorker Films library, which has more than 400 titles. The company will operate out of New York City starting March 8.

Aladdin said it plans to acquire and release six to eight films per year theatrically. It also plans to operate a homevideo arm that will acquire and release titles.

New Yorker Films, founded in 1965 by Dan Talbot, specialized in foreign and indie titles. It distribbed Jean-Luc Godard’s “Les Carabiniers,” Jacques Rivette’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating,” Claude Lanzmann’s “Shoah,” Werner Herzog’s “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” and Michael Cuesta’s “L.I.E.”

Aladdin said Tuesday that Jose Lopez, formerly Talbot’s business partner and VP of New Yorker Films, will remain with the company and has been named president. It also announced that Peter Marai has been hired as acquisitions consultant.

Aladdin was founded last year by David Raphel, a former president of 20th Century Fox Intl.; Christopher Harbonville, a producer formerly associated with the Cambridge Film Group; and Hani Musleh, a former investment banker.

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