Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to 1001 Grams, the new film by acclaimed Norwegian writer-producer-director Bent Hamer that is Norway’s submission for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar race. A first-quarter 2015 theatrical release is planned with digital coming in the summer.
The pic, which world premiered in the Masters section at Toronto, centers on a recently divorced scientist (Ane Dahl Torp) who is content with her life of precision, hard work and solitude and is forced to take her ill father’s place at an International Bureau of Weights and Measures seminar in Paris. On her journey from Norway to France, she is forced to question her priorities, figure out a new balance between life and work and open up to a new world of possibilities while also remaining true to herself.
“Bent uses his unique brand of observational humor to transform the rigor of scientific pursuit into emotional self-revelation, said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber, who negotiated the deal with Les Films du Losange head of international sales Agathe Valentin. “It’s the warmest-hearted thinking-person’s film I’ve ever seen.”
Kino Lorber, which specializes in world cinema buys, also recently acquired Jean-Luc Godard’s Cannes winner Goodbye To Language, which grossed $27K in two NY theaters in its specialty debut last week as the distrib looks to find more outlets for its rare 3D art film.