Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes, which will make its U.S. debut next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will hit theaters beginning September 9 at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. A digital and home media release is set for early 2017.
The France-Tunisia production, which won a prize at the Venice Days sidebar last fall, is set in Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution. It depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman (Baya Medhaffer) balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life — as the singer in a politically charged rock band.
The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and from Doc&Film International’s Hannah Horner.
The pic screens at Tribeca on April 14.