XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to Keith Miller’s inner-city drama Five Star, which played at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival in the World Narrative competition. A summer release is planned on the indie distributor’s PACE label. The pic stars James “Primo” Grant and John Diaz. The East New York-set plot centers on a member of the notorious Bloods — both in the film and in real life — Primo takes John, the son of his slain mentor, under his wing, versing him in the code of the streets.
“Five Star is a searingly realistic and poignant portrait of two men who struggle to protect and provide for their families, while immersed in the vicious yet familial web of gang culture,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. “We could not be more proud to present Keith Miller’s important and socially aware film as one of the first releases on our PACE releasing label.”
Daryl Freimark (Allegiance), Luisa Conlon (Obvious Child) and Miller and produced and Russell Miller is executive producer. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin on behalf of the filmmakers.
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to the Israel-set drama The Kindergarten Teacher, the Nadav Lapid-directed pic that played in Critics Week at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. This France-Israel co-production had its U.S. premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films fest this year and already is set to open there July 31 before a national expansion in August and September, followed in 2016 by a digital release.
The pic from Lapid (Policeman) centers on a fortysomething teacher in Tel Aviv who becomes obsessed with one of her charges, a 5-year-old poetry prodigy.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Le Pacte’s head of sales Camille Neel.