Film Movement nabs 'Munyurangabo' rights

Lee Isaac Chung's film focuses on two Rwandan teens

Film Movement has acquired rights to American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung's "Munyurangabo," a study of two Rwandan teenagers.

The film, which premiered last year as part of the Festival de Cannes's Un Certain Regard sidebar, will be released domestically in late May.

The first narrative feature shot in the native Kinyarwanda dialect, the film boasts an entirely nonprofessional cast and crew consisting of genocide orphans, returned refugees and other undereducated locals barely making a living in the village where the film was shot.

"This is an incredibly special film, in many ways, that we believe will soon become a world cinema classic," said Rebeca Conget, Film Movement's vp acquisitions and distribution. "We feel extremely proud to give 'Munyurangabo' a home in North America and look forward to sharing its compelling story and artistry with audiences."

The deal was negotiated by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and Conget and UMedia's Frederic Corvez.