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New York, NY - January 7, 2013 - Following prestigious international festival dates at Toronto, IDFA and Locarno (the festival's closing night title), Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US right to MORE THAN HONEY, the acclaimed documentary by Academy Award®-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full). The film will have its US premiere this week at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
More Than Honey Featuring an unprecedented global examination of endangered honeybees spanning from California to Switzerland, China and Australia, MORE THAN HONEY has been widely referred to as the most ambitious and encompassing documentary on the topic. With all the hallmarks of a great nature documentary, the film employs the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena undetectable by normal eyesight, beautifully portraying the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees (worldwide) in the last decade.
Are bees in danger of becoming extinct? If so, what are the effects of their extermination on the human race? Einstein supposedly said: "If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live."
Looking for answers, director Markus Imhoof - using exquisite cinematography to put the viewer inside the bees' world - travels from the Alps to the Arizona desert, interviewing experts ranging from beekeepers to scientists.
"My intention was to allow spectators to understand the drama that is at play thanks to highly sensory images and, beyond the very real stories of the 'minuscule' bees, to highlight a much vaster context: the pressure caused by the continually growing pyramid of the global economy, at the base of which we can find the insects.
"There is a moment in the struggle opposing the bees to the neo-liberal market economy, when a bee broker pushes beekeepers, and the latter push their bees, to further increase their performance," said filmmaker Markus Imhoof.
As the grandson of a professional beekeeper in Switzerland, Mr. Imhoof photographed epic agricultural landscapes where bees do their work, as well as the microscopic honeycombs where they live. But despite years of research, the precise cause of colony collapse remains a matter of speculation. "I'm getting real comfortable with death on an epic scale," says one beekeeper as he discovers a fresh case of colony collapse disorder.
"When we first encountered Markus's film at Toronto, we were stunned by its cinematic impact and profoundly engaged by the poignancy and depth of its message," said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. "We now look forward to making a beeline to big screens around the country, where the visual experience of MORE THAN HONEY will be as uniquely dazzling as predecessors like March of the Penguins and Winged Migration."
Kino Lorber's CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Jean-Christophe Simon, head of Berlin-based Films Boutique. The Company expects to open the film nationally across the U.S. in the late winter and early spring.