CANNES: Kino Lorber Acquires Alain Resnais’ ‘The Life of Riley’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Life of Riley Review

Late French master Alain Resnais’ last film, “The Life of Riley,” has found a home Stateside: Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to the pic, which world-premiered in Berlin this year.

Kino Lorber expects to roll out the film in the late summer or early fall at a major U.S. festival, before releasing it theatrically in the U.S.

Richard Lorber’s company will then look to give the movie a national theatrical run in 30 American markets.

Pic will also be released on all digital platforms in winter 2015 and on homevideo, including a special Blu-ray collectors’ edition.

Produced by Resnais’ longtime producer, Jean-Louis Livi at F Comme Film, “Riley” is an adaptation of an Alan Ayckbourn play and boasts a cast of well-known French actors, including many Resnais’ regulars: Sabine Azema, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandrine Kiberlain and Andre Dussolier.

Le Pacte released the film in France in March.

Kino Lorber released Resnais’ prior film, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

“Though we were deeply saddened by the sudden death of the great Alain Resnais, Kino Lorber is greatly honored to be able to bring to U.S. audiences his delightful and ebullient final work” said CEO Richard Lorber, who negotiated the deal with Le Pacte’s head of sales, Camille Neel.

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