Kino Lorber has bought all North American rights to French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary “Human,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Arthus-Bertrand, who authored the 1999 book “Earth From Above” and directed 2009’s “Home,” assembled stories and images from around the world, aimed at presenting a cinematic immersion to the core of what it means to be human. He and his crew interviewed of 2,000 people in 60 countries over a three-year period.
“Human” premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival. It was subsequently screened at the United Nations Assembly Hall in New York, in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
”Human’ is an epic, ambitious and heartfelt work about what unites us all,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “It’s also an incredible cinematic experience that must be seen on the big screen, so Kino Lorber is already working with theaters around the country and planning theatrical runs and special screenings for the film, as well as extensive outreach to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.”
The film is part of Arthus-Bertrand’s commitment to the non-profit GoodPlanet Foundation, which he started in 2005, and to the United Nations. Arthus-Bertrand is a United Nations Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador.
“Launching ‘Human’ in the United States and Canada is extremely symbolic for me as ‘Human’ is a transcription of humanity and what better place to share this project than in the melting pot that is America,” Arthus-Bertrand said. “With one more striking than the other, these testimonies brought together are the achievement of a lifetime”
“Human” will be presented Tuesday at a special event screening in New York at the French Institute Alliance Française in the presence of François Hollande, President of the French Republic; Arthus-Bertrand; Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy; and other special guests.
This screening will be followed by similar events around the country, with VOD and package media launches scheduled for the summer of 2017.
The screening is hosted by Kino Lorber, The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French Institute Alliance Française, The Goodplanet Foundation, The Kriegel Foundation, Unifrance and The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation.