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    Kino Lorber Acquires North American Rights to “Costa Brava, Lebanon” and “Framing Agnes”

    Kino Lorber has landed North American rights to 2 docs making a mark on the pageant circuit, award-winners “Costa Brava, Lebanon” and “Framing Agnes.” Press releases confirmed the information.

    The winner of the ETPAC Prize on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition and the Viewers Award on the BFI London Movie Competition, “Costa Brava, Lebanon” made its world premiere at Venice Movie Competition. The darkish comedy follows a household who escapes the poisonous air pollution and social unrest of Beirut by heading to their idyllic mountain house — solely to find that the federal government has begun development on a rubbish landfill proper exterior their fence. The movie marks Mounia Akl’s directorial debut. A theatrical launch is being deliberate for July 15.

    “’Costa Brava, Lebanon’ captures the thrill and frustrations of a close-knit household with an intimacy that feels startlingly pure, and units it in opposition to a sharply drawn backdrop of environmental protest and air pollution. Although it’s her first characteristic movie, Mounia Akl’s reward with actors is obvious within the sensitively realized performances she elicits from her solid, which incorporates fellow actress and award-winning filmmaker Nadine Labaki. We couldn’t be extra thrilled to convey Mounia’s debut to North American audiences,” stated Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell.

    “For me ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’ is a narrative that talks in regards to the large battle Lebanese individuals are in in the present day and have been in too usually: Do you stay within the place that has damaged your coronary heart and attempt to change it from inside? Or do you run to your life and construct your pleasure exterior of it? Battle or flight? It’s also in regards to the realization that if there’s a wound that you’ve — in my case, Lebanon — that you simply really feel nothing can heal, the one probability you will have at therapeutic, and perhaps shifting on, is by taking a look at it within the eye,” Akl advised us. “To me, it feels just like the supply of this ache can’t be excluded from the therapeutic course of. If not, it is going to observe you in every single place and you’ll’t escape from it.”

    “Framing Agnes” debuted at Sundance Movie Competition, the place it took house the Sundance NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Viewers Award. The hybrid movie “explores the lived experiences of trans folks previous and current by means of reenactments of transcripts from a UCLA gender research performed within the Sixties,” per its synopsis. Thought-about a figurehead of trans historical past, Agnes was the “pioneering, pseudonymized, transgender girl who participated in [the study].”

    “’Framing Agnes’ takes a novel and interesting method to exploring how trans folks previous and current are perceived and represented,” Lidell commented. “By combining tropes of dramatic and documentary filmmaking, [director] Chase [Joynt] allows the viewers to see the trans group by means of contemporary eyes, and in their very own phrases. We imagine it is going to make an enormous contribution to the continued dialog round trans rights and stay up for sharing it far and large.”

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