Arthouse Films has acquired worldwide rights to Megumi Sasaki's documentary film Herb & Dorothy.

The distributor plans a theatrical release in early 2009 followed by a DVD release on the Arthouse Films label.

The film premiered at AFI SilverDocs Festival where it won the Audience Award and was recently awarded the Golden Starfish Award for best documentary and the audience award at this year's Hamptons Film Festival.

Herb & Dorothy recounts the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who built one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with modest means.

David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal and Maja Hoffmann negotiated the deal on behalf of Arthouse Films, Curiously Bright Entertainment and LM Media with Sasaki.