Kino brings israeli, Turk films to U.S.


NEW YORK -- Art house distributor Kino International has acquired all domestic rights to Joseph Cedar's Israeli war feature "Beaufort" and Reda Erdem's Turkish drama "Bes vakit" (Times and Winds).

The fact-based "Beaufort" looks at an Israeli army unit during the final days of its withdrawal from the Lebanese border after nearly two decades of occupation. The film earned Cedar best director honors at this year's Berlin Film Festival and is nominated for next month's Israeli Film Academy best feature award. His two previous films, "Medurat Hashevet" (Campfire) and "Hahseder" (Time of Favor), each took home the top IFA award.

"Winds" follows three adolescents in a small Turkish village as they struggle against the confines of their traditional parents. The film premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI and best Turkish film awards at the 2006 Istanbul Film Festival.

Kino plans an early 2008 platform release of "Beaufort" beginning in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. They will release "Winds" in New York in November after it screens at the Anthology Film Archives' Turkish Film Showcase.