Zeitgeist Films w/Kino Lorber acquire Bettina Oberli's MY WONDERFUL WANDA (Tribeca FF's Nora Ephron Award Special Jury Honor)
Zeitgeist Films in Association with Kino Lorber acquires North American rights for MY WONDERFUL WANDA and is set to release early Spring 2021
Bettina Oberli’s hit comedy starring Marthe Keller and Agnieszka Grochowska received the Nora Ephron Award Special Jury Honor at Tribeca Film Festival
“Director and co-writer Bettina Oberli crafts a wonderfully fascinating story about a dysfunctional family that brings the tears and the laughs.” -- Film Threat
New York, NY – (September 17, 2020) – Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired North American rights to Swiss director Bettina Oberli’s biting, comedic My Wonderful Wanda. The film world-premiered at Tribeca where it received a special jury mention in the Nora Ephron Award category. The film will open early Spring 2021.
My Wonderful Wanda centers on its title character Wanda (actress Agnieszka Grochowska) a Polish home care attendant to the patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor family. When an unexpected complication arises, buried family secrets come to light and arrangements are made to try and appease everyone in this comedy of class warfare.
Zeitgeist Films Co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo negotiated the deal with Thania Dimitrakopoulou of The Match Factory. Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber previously released The Divine Order from Wanda producer Reto Schaerli.
Gerstman and Russo said, “We fell in love with My Wonderful Wanda in our 'virtual screening' at the Tribeca Film Festival and are sure she will find her way into the hearts of audiences in North America. This clever, surprising, and assured narrative film pushes the hot buttons of class and familial warfare with a delicate, comedic touch."
Dimitrakopoulou said, “It’s wonderful to join forces once more with Zeitgeist together with Kino Lorber for bringing this entertaining, witty, bittersweet comedy by Bettina Oberli to American audiences. After months away from cinemas, Zeitgeist will welcome audiences back with a heartwarming and amusing film and we could not be happier about it.”
Bettina Oberli grew up in Samoa and Meiringen in Switzerland and lives as a writer/director in Zurich. She graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts. Her short and long feature films have been shown at festivals and cinemas around the world. Her well-recognized debut film Im Nordwind premiered in 2004 at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been awarded with several prizes. Her most successful film to date was Late Bloomers (2006), which still remains amongst the best three Swiss feature films of all time. In 2018 she premiered her first French-speaking film Le Vent Tourne at the Locarno Film Festival. Oberli also directs music videos and short films. In 2013 she showed her first stage production at the Theater Basel with Anna Karenina. She is also an Opera Director. My Wonderful Wanda is her sixth feature film.
With a library of over 4,000 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. 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 Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.
Zeitgeist Films is a New York-based distribution company founded in 1988 which acquires and distributes the finest independent films from the U. S. and around the world. In 2017, Zeitgeist entered into a multi-year strategic alliance with renowned film distributor Kino Lorber.
Zeitgeist has distributed early films by such notable directors as Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, Laura Poitras, Atom Egoyan and the Quay Brothers. Their catalog includes films from the world's most outstanding filmmakers including Margerethe Von Trotta, Ken Loach, Guy Maddin, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Yvonne Rainer, Andrei Zyvagintsev, Astra Taylor and Raoul Peck. Previous Zeitgeist Films releases in association with Kino Lorber include Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, Matt Wolf’s Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project and the upcoming Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, from director Ric Burns.
Five Zeitgeist films have been nominated for Academy Awards and one, Nowhere in Africa, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Their films have been honored by festivals throughout the world with Grand Prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA in Amsterdam. The Museum of Modern Art honored Zeitgeist with a month-long, 20th anniversary retrospective of their films in 2008.