Magnolia nails ‘Assassin’

Burger pic stars Barry, bows at Tribeca

Magnolia Pictures has acquired all North American rights to “Interview With the Assassin,” the directorial debut of Neil Burger and which stars Raymond J. Barry.

Magnolia will release the pic in the fall. “Interview” will have its world premiere at the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival, running today through May 12.

Pact was negotiated by Magnolia Pictures’ prexy Eamonn Bowles along with Endeavor, who repped producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

“Interview” tells the story of an out-of-work TV cameraman who stumbles upon the tale of a lifetime: His mysterious old neighbor tells him on camera that he was the second gunman on the grassy knoll that killed JFK. As protag investigates the claim, the two men find themselves embroiled in a struggle for the truth.

“Neil Burger has come up with a totally unique, incredibly imaginative film that totally blew my mind,” said Bowles, who outside of Magnolia served as the programmer of the international showcase at the TFF. “This is a film that will be talked about.”

Launched last year, Magnolia Pictures is a New York-based distributor-exhibitor that operates the Magnolia Theater in Dallas and the Starz Film Center in Denver. Upcoming releases include Dover Kosashvili’s “Late Marriage,” Jacques Audiard’s “Read My Lips” and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s “Under the Skin of the City.”