Kino Lorber has snatched up all U.S. rights to Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun,” the daring black-and-white Israeli drama that just played Telluride and won prizes at this year’s Jerusalem and Locarno fests.
Sold by Bleiberg Entertainment, “Tikkun” stars Aharon Traitel as Haim-Aaron, a bright, ultra-Orthodox religious scholar living in Jerusalem who loses consciousness after collapsing and is brought back to life by his father (Khalifa Natour). After the accident, Haim-Aaron starts grappling with faith while his father is tormented by the fear of having crossed God’s will on the night he resuscitated his son.
“Tikkun” has had a stellar run in the festivals circuit. It won best film, screenplay, cinematography and actor for Khalifa Natour at the Jerusalem fest. It also scooped up the Silver Leopard (special jury prize), a special mention for its cinematography and the independently conferred Don Quijote Prize at the Locarno festival.
This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Bleiberg Entertainment’s head Ehud Bleiberg.
“Brilliantly penetrating the rarely glimpsed inner sanctum of Hasidic life, director Avishai Sivan reveals the carnal consequences of spiritual constraint in the riveting performance his tormented protagonist,” said Lorber. “This film’s provocations linger in the mind as indelibly as its visual style; it’s simply mesmerizing, and we’re thrilled to bring it to screens across America.”
Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rollout in 2016, and will soon announce the movie’s selection at other U.S. festivals.
“Tikkun” was produced by Ronen Ben Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edry and Leon Edry.