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Kino Lorber nabs U.S. rights to ‘Elles’

Pic toplines Juliette Binoche as journalist

Kino Lorber has snapped up U.S. rights to “Elles,” starring Juliette Binoche and newcomers Joanna Kulig and Anais Demoustier, following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Kino Lorber said late Thursday that it expects to release “Elles” next year with a New York theatrical premiere yet to be scheduled.

Directed by Polish filmmaker Malgoska Szumowska (“Happy Man”) and written by Tine Byrckel, “Elles” tells the story of a well-off Paris-based mother — played by Binoche — who works as an investigative journalist for Elle Magazine. As she discovers the world of student prostitution and begins to get close to two young women who finance their studies by moonlighting as sex workers, she begins to question her most intimate convictions about money, family, sex and her own identity.

The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber’s president and CEO Richard Lorber, and Tanja Meissner, the head of international sales and acquisitions of Paris-based Memento Films International.

Kino Lorber also announced it has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the French drama “The Giants,” directed by Bouli Lanners (“Eldorado”), and to the Thai existential actioner “Headshot” by Pen-ek Ratanaruang. “The Giants” premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight and “Headshot” premiered in the Vanguard Section at Toronto.

Kino Lorber said it will offer both films to audiences across the U.S. and Canada with theatrical releases next year followed by wide distribution via digital media and home video.

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