Koch Lorber shops 'Chop'

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Koch Lorber Films has acquired all domestic rights to Ramin Bahrani's Festival de Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival selection "Chop Shop."

The drama from Big Beach centers on a 12-year-old Latino orphan (Alejandro Polanco) working in a Queens auto-body repair shop. His life is brightened when his teenage sister joins him to live in the shop, and the two attempt to forge a better life together.

Bahrani scripted "Chop Shop" with Bahareh Azimi. Lisa Muskat ("All the Real Girls"), Marc Turtletaub ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Jeb Brody ("Sunshine Cleaning") produced the film. Peter Saraf ("Adaptation") served as executive producer.

"Chop Shop," which premiered in May at the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes, helped Bahrani earn an IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award nomination at the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards.

The Iranian-American director gained acclaim for his 2005 feature, "Man Push Cart," which also was shot with mostly nonprofessional actors.

His next project is the darkly comic drama "Solo" for executive producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey of This Is That Prods. "Chop Shop" will begin its theatrical rollout Feb. 27 at New York's Film Forum.

Koch Lorber's Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media's Debra Fisher and Sarah Lash on behalf of Big Beach.
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