VENICE – Specialty North American distributor Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to New York-born Gallic auteur Eugene Green’s “La Sapienza,” about a burned-out contempo Swiss architect who seeks spiritual and artistic renewal during a voyage to Italy to study the work of the great 17th century architect Francesco Borromini.

Pic takes its title from geometrically complex Rome church Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, considered a work of genius by the Swiss/Italian master of baroque architecture.

“La Sapienza,” which world-preemed positively at the Locarno fest in Switzerland, will soon be screening in Toronto, where Kino Lorber will launch its marketing campaign, and then at the New York Film Festival, as well as many other international fests, including Rio de Janeiro, Vladivostok, and Vancouver.

Green, who is also a stage helmer, is known to American and global cinephiles for a unique cinematic style that juxtaposes classical and contemporary themes and characters. His previous films include “Toutes les nuits,” “Le Monde vivant,” “Les Ponts des Arts,” and “The Portuguese Nun.” He has has been honored by retros at Telluride, Paris Cinema Intl., and Turin.

La Sapienza is produced by Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, who is Green’s regular producer, as a co-prod between MACT Prods., in Paris, and Italy’s emerging indie La Sarraz Pictures, headed by Alessandro Borrelli. La Sarraz and MACT, which are also handling international sales, closed the deal after Locarno. They are also currently in advanced negotiations to sell the film to Germany Belgium and Poland.