'Vivere,' 'Hotel' among Tribeca pickups


NEW YORK -- Here! Films and Koch Lorber Films have scored two of the first acquisitions from films premiering in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Here! Films nabbed North American distribution rights to the German drama "Vivere," which had its world premiere Thursday in Tribeca's World Narrative competition. Director Angelina Maccarone's film, produced by Media Luna Entertainment, follows three troubled women who take to the road and help one another through personal crises during the holiday season. Here! sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film theatrically this year.

Koch Lorber acquired U.S. rights to the Israeli/Palestinian border-patrol docu "9 Star Hotel," which will have its U.S. premiere Saturday at Tribeca as part of the World Documentary competition. Ido Haar's film is set for a a May theatrical release in New York, with a nationwide rollout in select markets.

The acquisitions follow North American theatrical/DVD distributor Film Movement's pickup of the Swiss women's drama "Fraulein," the first announced acquisition at Tribeca.

The "Vivere" deal was negotiated by Here! executive vp acquisitions and distribution Mark Reinhart with Media Luna's Ida Martins.

The "Hotel" deal was negotiated by Koch Lorber president Richard Lorber with Edna Kowarsky and Elinor Kowarksy on behalf of Eden Prods.