Anton Yelchin's 'Porto' Set for Fall Theatrical Release
Kino Lorber acquired the title ahead of its SXSW screening.
Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Porto, starring the late Anton Yelchin in one of his last films. It's being eyed for a fall theatrical release, with a commitment to screen the film both on 35mm and DCP before a VOD release in the winter.
The deal was made ahead of the film's North American premiere at SXSW on Sunday.
Directed by Gabe Klinger, Porto stars Yelchin and Lucie Lucas as two outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief but intimate connection. Yelchin is Jake, an American loner exiled from his family; Lucas is Mati, a French student abroad with her professor lover. After multiple sightings around town, they embark on a night of carefree intimacy. This experience is looked at years later using fragments from Mati and Jake's lives apart, both of them still haunted by the powerful moments they shared.
Klinger penned the script with Larry Gross. Porto was shot on location on Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film. It made its world premiere in the New Directors competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival last fall and has been acquired for distribution in over 30 countries.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber senior vp theatrical and acquisitions Wendy Lidell and Elsa Ramo of Ramo Law on behalf of Double Play Films, Bando a Parte and Gladys Glover.