Kino Lorber’s theatrical distribution arm Lorber Films has acquired all US rights to Erik Gandini’s Videocracy.

The film’s subject matter is particularly timely in the wake of the recent attack on Silvio Berlusconi as it explores the underbelly of Italy’s media culture, a murky landscape in which the Italian prime minister is a major player.

Kino Lorber co-president Richard Lorber negotiated the Videocracy deal with TrustNordisk Films head of sales Susan Wendt.

The film will open at the IFC Center in New York on February 12 followed by a theatrical release across the US supported by High Five, the new funding programme of Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

“This film jumped off the screen for me at Toronto,” Lorber said. “It’s a documentary that is more fantastical than any fiction film I’ve seen in a long while. As a saga of greed, decadence and privilege that’s transforming a democracy into a media circus, it’s both a cautionary tale and outrageous cinema entertainment.”