DVD distrib Koch Lorber Films is bulking up its platter of U.S. rights to foreign language and art films, sealing a disc deal for Denys Arcand pics “The Decline of the American Empire” and “Jesus of Montreal.”
Prexy Richard Lorber anticipates both titles should generate renewed home entertainment interest, following Arcand’s recent foreign film Oscar for “The Barbarian Invasions.”
Koch Lorber, a joint venture between Lorber and leading independent recorded music distrib Koch Entertainment, said it is also acquiring titles for a new theatrical pipeline. First bigscreen release will be Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth’s “The Five Obstructions” later this spring.
Koch Lorber also picked up U.S. DVD and television rights to “The Girl From Paris” and “In July,” a film by this year’s Berlin Film fest winner director Fatih Akin. Pic is completing a U.S. national theatrical release and will appear on the Koch Lorber label this summer.
Scouring the world’s film fests in search of arty classics, Lorber said these latest purchases are the tip of the iceberg, and said 10 more will be announced by Cannes.
New acquisitions will join a catalog of classic DVD releases such as Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita (which will premiere on DVD in early fall), and “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.”