Lorber snags U.S. rights to 'Army of Crime'

WWII drama will screen in NYC in March

PARIS -- Lorber Films has snagged U.S. distribution rights to French director Robert Guediguian's World War II drama "Army of Crime," the film's sales agent Studiocanal said Wednesday.

The film, which screened in Official Selection Out of Competition at this year's Festival de Cannes, tells the story of immigrant French Resistance fighters in Paris and stars Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.

"Army of Crime" will screen in New York in March as part of Unifrance's Rendez-vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center.

Lorber, a releasing arm of Kino Lorber Inc., is planning a spring/summer opening in New York for the title before going wide across the United States.

"One of my personal favorites from this year's Cannes, we believe 'Army of Crime' will resonate strongly with American theatre audiences, both for its sweeping cinematic mise en scene and the compelling moral dilemmas posed in its brilliant character driven true story," Co-President and CEO of Kino Lorber Richard Lorber said of the Berlin EFM market purchase.