The distributor has picked up all North American rights from Doc & Film International to Gianfranco Rosi’s Golden Bear winner that dazzled the Berlinale jury and critics alike.

Fire At Sea

Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare) chronicles the impact of refugees on the Italian Island of Lampedusa.

Berlinale jury president Meryl Streep said of the film last week: “It’s a daring hybrid of captured footage and deliberate storytelling that allows us to consider what documentary can do. It demands its place in front of our eyes and compels our engagement and action.”

The Ecumenical Jury called Fire At Sea “a film that refuses to allow the status quo to go unquestioned.”

Rosi won the 2013 Venice Golden Lion for his documentary Sacro GRA.

Kino Lorber plans an autumn theatrical release. “Gianfranco Rosi captured the hearts and minds of the Berlinale this year with what will become one of the essential films of our times,” said CEO Richard Lorber.

“We could not be more thrilled to bring this film to North American audiences later this year.”