Berlin Winner 'Fire at Sea' Nabbed by Kino Lorber for North America
Meryl Streep, president of this year's Berlin competition jury, called Rosi's film "urgent, imaginative and necessary.”
Kino Lorber has picked up all North American rights to Gianfranco Rosi's refugee documentary Fire at Sea, which recently won the Berlinale's Golden Bear for best film.
Rosi shot the doc over a full year on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where thousands of refugees have arrived by sea, fleeing war and hunger in Africa and the Middle East. Fire at Sea tells both the story of the refugees and that of the residents of Lampedusa, whose ordinary lives are disrupted by the crisis.
Meryl Streep, president of this year's Berlin competition jury, called Rosi's film "urgent, imaginative and necessary” and “a daring hybrid of captured footage and deliberate storytelling that allows us to consider what documentary can do.”
Fire at Sea also picked up Amnesty International's honor for best film at Berlin as well as the top prize from the fest's Ecumenical Jury.
"Gianfranco Rosi captured the hearts and minds of the Berlinale this year with what will become one of the essential films of our times,” Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said Wednesday in a statement. “We could not be more thrilled to bring this film to North American audiences later this year."
The deal for Fire at Sea was negotiated by Lorber and Daniela Elstner of Doc & Film International.