Kino Lorber acquires all US & Anglo-Canadian rights for Sundance Film Fest winner EPICENTRO dir. by Hubert Sauper
Kino Lorber acquires all US and Anglo-Canadian rights for Sundance Film Festival Winner EPICENTRO
Oscar-nominated director Hubert Sauper’s 2020 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner is an immersive portrait of the resilient people of Cuba.
New York, February 24, 2020. Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired US and anglophone Canadian distribution rights for Hubert Sauper’s EPICENTRO. An immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial Cuba, the film had its recent world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Sauper previously directed the 2006 Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare (2004) and We Come As Friends (2014). Among Epicentro’s producers are Daniel and Martin Marquet, Paolo Calamita and Gabriele Kranzelbinder, and executive producers Dan Cogan and Jenny Raskin of Impact Partners, Michael Donaldson and Vincent Maraval.
In Epicentro, Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana — particularly its children, whom he calls “young prophets" — to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself. The film is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda.
Epicentro was negotiated by Kino Lorber President Richard Lorber and SVP Wendy Lidell with Head of International Sales of Wild Bunch Eva Diederix, as well as CAA Media Finance.
Wendy Lidell, Kino Lorber SVP of Theatrical Distribution and Acquisitions said, “Hubert Sauper has created a work of pure cinema. As always, his warm rapport with his subjects makes for compelling personal storytelling. Epicentro is a history lesson disguised as a crowd pleaser... with Oona Chaplin singing to boot. We look forward to invading America with Sauper’s Cuba."
Epicentro will be rolled out in theaters in Fall 2020 followed by a DVD release and streaming on KinoNow.com.
With a library of over 2,800 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years, including documentary nominees Fire at Sea (2017) and Of Fathers & Sons (2019). In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Carlotta USA, Adopt Films, Greenwich Entertainment, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel channel KinoNow.com which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library.
Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel, Tyrolian Alps. Having spent his childhood in Austria, he has lived in the U.S., Great Britain, Italy, Tanzania, Congo and South Sudan. He is currently based in France. He studied film directing in Vienna and Paris at the Univ. of Performing Arts and Univ. de Paris VIII. Sauper’s socio-political and poetic films have won over 50 major international prizes, among them major awards at Venice, Berlin, Sundance Film Festivals and the French (César), Austrian and European Academy Award. His films have included WE COME AS FRIENDS (2014, Documentary), DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE (2004, Documentary), ALONE WITH OUR STORIES (2000, Documentary), KISANGANI DIARY (1998, Documentary), LOMOGRAPHER’S MOSCOW (1995, Documentary), SO I SLEEPWALK IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (1994, Fiction), ON THE ROAD WITH EMIL (1993, Documentary). DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2006 Academy Awards.