First Look picks a foreign pair

First Look Pictures’ new distribution arm has acquired two properties: “Libera,” dubbed “neon realism” by the Italian press; and “A Place in the World, ” the only pic ever un-nominated for an Oscar.

For both pix, “we bought all rights for U.S. and English-speaking Canada,” said distrib topper Ray Price.

Both will likely be released in January with “standard limited platforms that will slowly roll out from New York.”

“A Place in the World” was nominated for a foreign-language film Oscar and then, amid much fanfare, disqualified over its country of origin. It is a co-production between Argentina and Uruguay.

Referring to the Academy’s unprecedented decision, Price noted: “There’s something wrong with the picture when the film (that) people want to rally around falls out on a technicality.”

“Adolfo Aristarain’s latest opus, the best Argentine film in many moons, looks at people who, having fought for a better world, are in the aftermath of defeat,” said the Aug. 3 Variety review.

Meanwhile, “Libera” is an Italian pic that unspooled at this year’s Cannes market, also to notable reviews.

“Naples now has its own Pedro Almodovar. ‘Libera,’ the directorial bow of Panni Corsicato, is a three-part madcap comedy bursting with showy inventiveness ,” said Variety’s March 1 review.

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