North American rights acquired to Berlin fest pic

Film Movement has acquired North American distribution rights to Israeli comedy “Off White Lies,” with plans for a year-end national platform release.

“White Lies,” from debut director Maya Kenig, is loosely based on news stories and family events experienced by Kenig as a young mother during the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.

The film will screen in competition at the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation program early next week.

Film Movement plans to kick-start the film’s Stateside theatrical run in New York during the third quarter. That’s meant to coincide with a day-and-date VOD rollout.

Deal was negotiated by Film Movement veep of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget, along with Virginie Devesa and Keiko Funato from the newly formed French sales company Alpha Violet.

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