Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Israeli helmer Amos Gitai’s Rabin, The Last Day. The political thriller investigates the events surrounding the final days of Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 20 years ago. The deal comes after the pic bowed in competition at the Venice Film Festival and later in Toronto.
The movie combines staged re-enactments with actual news footage of the 1995 shooting, talking-head interviews and rare video of the removal of Jewish settlers from occupied Gaza. The fictional deposition scenes were made using direct transcripts from the Shamgar Commission, which investigated Rabin’s killing by a 25-year-old law student opposed to Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank.
The pic deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Nicolas Eschbach of Indie Sales, which will handle international sales with Orange Studio.