‘Underground’ arises in U.S.

NEW YORK — Emir Kusturica’s “Underground,” which won the Palme D’Or at the 1995 Cannes Intl. Film Festival, has finally found a U.S. distributor.

Dan Talbot’s New Yorker Films will release the epic, which has a running time of two hours and 48 minutes, following its American premiere at the Anthology Film Archives in Gotham on June 20.

Variety reported that Miramax was slated to release “Underground” in the U.S. on March 29, 1996, following its North American debut in Montreal (Variety, Feb. 19, 1996). However, a Miramax spokeswoman denied the arthouse heavyweight ever owned U.S. rights to the pic.

“Underground” follows a group of Yugoslavian refugees who take shelter from Nazi bombing in a basement storeroom and remain hidden there for years, convinced that war is still raging outside.

The cast of “Underground” includes Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski and Mirjana Jokovic. Script was written by Dusan Kovacevic and Kusturica from an original play by Kovacevic.

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