By MCN Editor



New York, NY – May 23, 2012 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (2012), the latest film by South Korean master Hong Sang-soo (Night and Day, Woman is the Future of Man). Starring two-time, Best Actress winner (Cannes Film Festival) Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Violette, White Material), the film stands as Mr. Hong’s first English-speaking production to date (with dialogue in Korean as well).
Currently in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY features Ms. Huppert playing three different characters in three different story segments – all of them spanning from the imagination of a young film student called Wonju (Jung Yumi).

Playing three different French tourists visiting the same seaside resort (first as a famous film director, then as the wife of a motor-executive having an affair with a filmmaker, and then, as a wealthy and recently divorced housewife), Isabelle Huppert shines in another story-within-a-story narrative – as it is often the case with Mr. Hong’s films.

For Kino Lorber, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY represents another chance to work with the prestigious South Korean sales company Finecut, after the successful US release of Poetry (2010), which was written and directed by Lee Chang-dong (Oasis, Secret Sunshine). The deal was negotiated between Kino CEO Richard Lorber and Finecut CEO Youngjoo Suh.

“I have been a long time follower of Hong Sang-soo’s career,” wrote Richard Lorber, “and believe IN ANOTHER COUNTRY is a breakthrough film for him; it will please both his core art house base and attract new film lovers open to uniquely original cinema that balances heart and mind with refreshing visual style.”

“Together with Huppert, Hong Sang-soo has made a deceptively light-hearted picture that resonates playfully with potent ideas and probing emotions. Moreover, I’m confident that American audience won’t miss the chance to see the remarkable Isabelle Huppert reinvent her character in three different roles in a single film.”

Kino Lorber is planning to launch the film in the US festival circuit during late summer and fall – before a national theatrical rollout later this year.

About Kino Lorber:

With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Redemption Films, Horizon Movies and Alive Mind Cinema banners.

In addition, the Company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as digital distribution on over 15 internet platforms and VOD services.

Kino Lorber is currently releasing the French drama Elles, directed by Malgoska Szumowska and starring Juliette Binoche, and will open Yorgos Lanthimos’  Alps, the follow-up to the Academy Award-Nominated Dogtooth, on July 13 in New York City.

Other 2012 summer releases are the Palestinian and Israeli doc 5 Broken Cameras, slated to open on May 30 at New York’s Film Forum, Daniel Auteuil’s The Well-Digger’s Daughter, and the SXSW sensation Kumaré,

directed by Vikram Ghandi.

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