Alliance distrib topper to get Aug. 20 tribute

The Montreal World Film Festival will pay tribute to veteran Canuck distributor Victor Loewy, fest prexy Serge Losique announced Wednesday.

The tribute will take place Aug. 20 in conjunction with the North American preem of the silent black-and-white Cannes prize-winner, “The Artist.”

Loewy is chairman and CEO of Montreal-based Alliance Films, the Canadian distributor that is one of the world’s leading independent film players.

“Victor Loewy is not only a great businessman, he is also a man of great culture who has given us many masterpieces by both Quebec and international filmmakers,” said Losique.

Loewy has been active in the biz since the early 1970s when he founded Vivafilm in Montreal with partner Robert Lantos.

He has gone on to run Alliance Communications with Lantos, which is one of Canada’s top film and TV companies. Films he has distributed include “Pulp Fiction,” the “Lord of the Rings”trilogy and “The King’s Speech.”

Alliance Films is now active in distribution in Canada, the U.K. (via Momentum Pictures) and Spain (via Aurum).

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