Lorber nabs U.S. rights to Frammartino film

Italian director's 'Le quattro volte' set for release next year

Lorber Films has snapped up U.S. rights to Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino's "Le quattro volte" (Four Times), a meditative film set in rural Calabria.

Screening this month as an official selection at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, it will have its U.S. theatrical premiere March 30 at New York's Film Forum, followed by engagements in select cities nationwide.

The deal, for which no price was available, was negotiated by Kino Lorber co-president and CEO Richard Lorber and Fionnuala Jamison of Coproduction Office.

Lorber, who recently nabbed several European art titles including Stephane Brize's "Mademoiselle Chambon" and Erik Gandini's "Videocracy," described the latest from Frammartino ("The Gift") as "a brilliant integration of the rich traditions of neorealist Italian cinema and transcendental visionary filmmaking."

Frammartino's four-part ode to man and nature traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of rural folk, connecting the dots among animal, vegetable, mineral -- and dust. Lorber said it features what might be the year's most impressive single shot: a long take involving a religious procession, a herd of goats, a runaway truck and an awe-inspiring dog.

Lorber Films is the theatrical releasing arm of Kino Lorber, which specializes in foreign films, classics and documentary features. Kino Lorber combines the resources, staffs and libraries of Lorber Films, Alive Mind and Kino International, bringing together veteran distributors Lorber and Donald Krim.