Kino picks up 'Ajami' rights

Israeli-Palestinian collaboration to bow in Toronto

COLOGNE, Germany -- Kino International has scooped up U.S. rights to the Israeli-German production "Ajami" from the Match Factory just ahead of its Toronto Film Fest bow this Saturday.

A four-fold drama on the cycle of violence in the Middle East, "Ajami" was co-directed by an Israeli, Yaron Shani, and a Palestinian, Scandar Copti.

That alone would be enough to draw attention at this year's TIFF, thanks to the pre-fest controversy over Toronto's decision to spotlight films from Tel Aviv and Israeli. A growing list of actors and filmmakers, including Danny Glover, Jane Fonda and British director Ken Loach, have signed on to a protest campaign attacking the 10-film Tel Aviv spotlight as "Israeli propoganda."

"Ajami" premiered at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes, where it won a special mention from the Camera d'Or jury. It screens Saturday in TIFF's Contemporary World Cinema section.

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