Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all U.S. rights for the Jerusalem Film Festival hit Tikkun, from director Avishai Sivan. The film portrays an ultra-orthodox man, “Haim-Aaron,” in Jerusalem grappling with his faith after a near-death experience he isn’t sure he should have survived. The film won best film, best screenplay, best cinematography, and best actor at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival. It also took home awards at the Locarno Film Festival. It premiered in the US at Telluride.
Starring Aharon Traitel and Khalifa Natour, Sivan directed from his own script. Cinematography was by Shai Goldman. Ronen Ben Tal, Avishai Sivan, Moshe Edry and Leon Edry produced Tikkun. Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Bleiberg Entertainment head Ehud Bleiberg negotiated the deal. Further US festival dates will be announced soon, before a full theatrical, VOD and home media release sometime in 2016.
Spotlight Pictures has international sales rights for the holiday film A Christmas Star, starring newcomer Erin Galway-Kendrick along with Pierce Brosnan. The film follows a girl named Noelle (Galway-Kendrick), who believes she has the power to perform miracles. When a shady developer (Brosnan) appears on the scene with a plan that poses a threat to her small town, Noelle and her friends hope to use her miraculous abilities to stop him. Liam Neeson narrates, and pop singer Kylie Minogue has a cameo.
Directed by Richard Elson from a script he co-wrote with Maire Campbell, it’s produced by Cinemagic Chief Executive Joan Burney Keatings. The deal was negotiated by Ryan McCombs, vice president of Spotlight Pictures and Producer Joan Burney Keatings on behalf of the filmmakers.