French Charlie Hebdo documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks (C’est Dûr D’Etre Aimé Par Des Cons) originally was released locally in 2008 by Pyramide. Following last month’s deadly attacks at the satirical magazine’s Paris headquarters, Pyramide re-released it on January 22 in 110 theaters. The recent events have lifted the profile of the film, and Kino Lorber now has taken all U.S. rights. A theatrical release is planned for this spring in major U.S. cities and in markets serviced by Emerging Pictures’ Rendez-Vous Near You contemporary French film series, a touring offshoot of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and French movie export body, UniFrance Films.
It’s Hard (see the trailer in French above) focuses on the legal battle between Charlie Hebdo and the Muslim French Council, after the magazine reprinted controversial Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad that first had been published in 2005.
Directed by Daniel Laconte (Fidel Castro: L’Enfance D’Un Chef), it ran in Cannes as a Special Screening in 2008. The docu offers a real-time account of one of the most important trials in the 21st century and dives deep into the political, ideological and media-related stakes. It features interviews with Charlie Hebdo cartoonists including Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who all died in the January 7 terrorist attack.
The docu also will be promoted to colleges, universities and libraries across the U.S. “to inspire community discussion regarding freedom of the press, religious fundamentalism and the escalating confrontation between radical Islam and the West over democratic ideals,” says Kino Lorber.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Pyramide International’s Sales Director, Lucero Garzon, and that company’s CEO Eric Lagesse.