Zeitgeist Films w/Kino Lorber acquires Sundance-winning doc ACASA, MY HOME
Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber acquires North American Rights for Sundance-awarded documentary
ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc
New York, NY – (October 23, 2020) -- Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber, two of the leading distribution companies for art-house and International films in the USA, have acquired all rights in North America for ACASA, MY HOME. The documentary was awarded the Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the World Cinema Documentary category at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film has been selected by over 60 festivals worldwide, winning 10 awards. In addition, it has been nominated for The European Film Awards Documentary section.
Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc and produced by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan (CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM, TOUCH ME NOT) for Manifest Film in collaboration with HBO Europe, Corso Film and Kino Company, the film tells the story of a family with nine children that lived fully “off the grid” in the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, in perfect harmony with nature. When the land becomes a public park, they are evicted and forced to adapt to the big city. With an empathetic and cinematic eye, coupled with unfettered access, filmmaker Radu Ciorniciuc offers an intimate and compelling tale of an impoverished family living on the fringes of society in Romania, fighting for acceptance and their own version of freedom.
Zeitgeist Co-Presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo said, "We were struck by the beauty of this film which shares this poignant and heartbreaking story with such insight and measured observance. We are confident this is the type of story that will be of great interest to North American audiences as we try to better understand the wider world we are all a part of.”
Kino Lorber will qualify the film for awards consideration in collaboration with Zeitgeist Films.
Acasa, My Home, was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Autlook Filmsales Managing Director Salma Abdalla on behalf of the filmmaker and producer.
The film will be released in January 2021, followed by digital release on Kino Now and home video.
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, Alexandra Dean’s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story and mostly recently Halina Dyrschka’s Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint and Ric Burns’ Oliver Sacks: His Own Life.
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.