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U.S. distribs on Chinese ‘Patrol’

Trio scaling 'Mountain'

National Geographic World Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia are partnering on the April 14 U.S. release of the Chinese action pic “Mountain Patrol: Kekexili.”

Written and directed by Lu Chuan, pic is based on true events surrounding the illegal poaching of Tibetan antelopes in the region of Kekexili, which has become one of the largest nature preserves in China. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, “Mountain Patrol” follows a group of obsessively brave local volunteers who face enormous danger as they track down the hunters who kill the endangered antelope for its valuable wool.

“Mountain Patrol” marks the second film from National Geographic World Films following “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” which NGWF co-produced with ThinkFilm in 2004. NGWF is the specialty arm of National Geographic Feature Films, which co-produced with Warner Independent Pictures the Oscar-winning “March of the Penguins.”

Upcoming Samuel Goldwyn releases include “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School” and Richard E. Grant’s “Wah-Wah.”

Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia produced “Mountain Patrol” as well as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”