Indie distributor Bond/360 has picked up North American rights to Yarn ahead of its premiere at SXSW. The documentary from Icelandic filmmaker Una Lorenzen follows top international artists and knitters as they bring yarn to the streets and into people’s lives. The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art, and the docu features wool graffiti artist Olek, interactive textile creator and curator Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, production designer Tilde Björfors of Cirkus Cikör and writer Barbara Kingsolver. The pic will get a theatrical release in mid-2016, with a digital and home video bow in time for the holidays.
“Yarn celebrates today’s cutting-edge artists and contextualizes how historically women’s crafts, as well as women artists, have been marginalized,” said Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon, who negotiated the deal with Spier Films’ Heather Millard. “Bond’s history is closely tied to the world of street art and this film is the perfect complement to our growing collection.”
Grasshopper Film has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Kaili Blues, the debut film from Bi Gan, which will have its U.S. premiere next week at New Directors/New Films in Manhattan. The pic centers on a doctor (Yongzhong Chen) who decides to fulfill his dead mother’s wish and sets off on a train journey to look for his brother’s abandoned child. His partner in the medical clinic, a lonely old lady, asks Chen to find her old lover and pass along to him a few mementos. But along the way Chen passes through a mysterious town called Dangmai, where time is not linear and Chen experiences the past, present and future. It’s unclear whether this place and its inhabitants are the doctor’s dream or the other way around. The pic will open in theaters later this year.
“I can’t recall the last time I saw a debut as breathtaking and visionary as Kaili Blues,” said Grasshopper Film Founder & President Ryan Krivoshey, who negotiated the deal with Jack Lee of China Film International.. “We’re thrilled to have this amazing film as part of our initial slate of releases and are eager to bring it to U.S. screens.”