The Cinema Guild announced today that it has acquired the home video, digital, TV and non-theatrical rights to Philippe Beziat's Becoming Traviata, featuring legendary opera star Natalie Dessay, Joachim Lafosse's powerful Cannes-winning drama Our Children and Sebastien Lifshitz's documentary The Invisible Ones. The deal was negotiated with the newly formed Distrib Films.
Distrib Films is a new Paris-based distribution company that will theatrically release French movies in the U.S. Led by François Scippa-Kohn, the company specializes in strong French art-house titles, either documentaries or features.
The Cinema Guild plans to have home video releases for its newly acquired films on the market later this year.
Becoming Traviata will open at Film Forum in May. Theatrical dates for Our Children and The Invisible Ones are still to be determined.
About the Films
Becoming Traviata - Featuring renowned opera singer Natalie Dessay, filmmaker Philippe Béziat follows the production of Verdi's La Traviata, from rehearsal rooms to behind the scenes of the Théâtre de l'Archevêché in the south of France, from concept to glorious realization.
Our Children - Joachim Lafosse's film won the Best Actress prize for Emilie Dequenne in Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and is an official selection of the New York Film Festival.
Murielle and Mounir love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple's dependence on the doctor increases, placing Murielle in a dangerous emotional environment that leads to a tragic outcome.
The Invisible Ones - An official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard, Sebastien Lifshitz''s film is a candid documentary about gay men and women who came of age well before the days of sexual liberation. In conservative France, their voices were rarely heard, but Lifshitz does more than just give them a platfor—incorporating archival footage, he weaves their fascinating, often poetic memories into a crisp and touching cinematic tapestry.