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‘Aliyah’ set for U.S. release

Helmer Wajeman's bow will unspool via Film Movement

MADRID — Film Movement has acquired all North American rights to the Rezo-sold drama “Aliyah,” the feature debut of France-based filmmaker Elie Wajeman.

New York-based Film Movement will open “Aliyah” in Gotham early next year, with a limited national roll-out to follow, as well as a day-and-date cable video on demand premiere.

Written by Wajeman and Gaelle Mace, “Aliyah” turns on a Jewish drug-dealer preparing to leave Paris to start over in Israel.

Lola Gans produced “Aliyah” for 24 Mai Prods. and Les Films Pelleas. Rezo will also release “Aliyah” in France.

The “Aliyah” pick-up follows Film Movement’s acquisition of North American rights to Colombian first-time director William Vega’s “La Sirga,” another hit with critics in this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Rebeca Conget, Film Movement, VP of acquisitions and distribution negotiated the pick-up with Sebastien Chesneau, Rezo’s international sales head.

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