Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button has the distinction of winning this year’s Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear prize for Best Script — as a documentary. A fall limited release is in the works for the follow-up to Guzmán’s Nostalgia For The Light. It uses water as a metaphor for the history of crimes against humanity in Chile: Aerial shots of Tierra del Fuego are juxtaposed with an investigation of state crimes by Chile’s military junta and rare interviews with the last descendants of its indigenous people. It marks the latest Berlin biggie distribution deal for indie distributor Kino Lorber, which last month scooped up the fest’s Golden Bear winner Taxi from exiled Iranian helmer Jafar Panahi. This Pearl Button deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Pyramide International’s Lucero Garzon.
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to Time Lapse, a time travel thriller starring Danielle Panabaker. It has set a theatrical and VOD bow for May 15 on its Macabre genre label. The pic directed by Bradley King and co-written by King and BP Cooper centers on three friends who discover a machine capable of taking pictures 24 hours into the future. XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon and Lea Flome made the deal with Paradigm’s Ben Weiss and Meghan Oliver on behalf of the filmmakers.