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Kino Lorber Surrenders To ‘A Touch of Sin’

Jia Zhangke's film is a Cannes competition favorite

Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Jia Zhangke’s Palme d’Or contender “A Touch of Sin.”

Based on true stories, the four-part movie portrays contemporary China as a society which is consumed by violence.

Kino Lorber is prepping a theatrical release in the third-quarter of this year and will look to position the pic in select U.S. film festivals.

Deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and MK2’s international sales exec. Victoire Thevenin.

A few days ago, MK2 announced distribution deals with France (Ad Vitam), the U.K. (Arrow, continuing a long relationship with MK2), Espagne (Golem), Portugal (Midas Filmes) and Canada (FilmsWeLike).

Zhangke is a critically-aclaimed Chinese helmer, whose credits include “24 City,” “Platform,” Venice Golden Lion winner “Still Life.”

“I’ve been both a follower and admirer of Jia’s work for many years, but “A Touch of Sin” struck me like lightning,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber at Cannes. “Watching this film was a bracing cinematic experience, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to introduce this bold and unique title to a wide audience in the U.S..”

At Cannes, Kino Lorber also acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket,” which won prizes at Tribeca and Berlin.

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