Menemsha Films has acquired North American rights to Israeli film The Women’s Balcony, while Kino Lorber has picked up North American rights to Son Of Joseph.
The Women’s Balcony recently received its world premiere in Toronto and stars Evelyn Hagoel, Igal Naor, Orna Banai, Einat Saruf, Itzik Cohen and Aviv Alush.
Pie Films and United King produced the story about female members of an Orthodox community who rally together after the collapse of the women’s balcony in a Jerusalem synagogue.
Emil Ben Shimon directed from a screenplay by Shlomit Nehama in their feature debut.
Menemsha Films brokered the deal with Pie Films and plans a theatrical release in the first quarter of 2017.
The film will open in Israel next week as the centrepiece film release for the Jewish holidays
“We just fell in love with this film from its first screening in Toronto,” said Menemsha’s Neil Friedman. “We are confident that the rest of North America will love this film and we cannot wait to get started on the release of this film.”
“We always try to find partners who believe in our films as passionately as we do, and we are confident Menemsha will make sure this uplifting important story reaches the wide audience it deserves,” said Pie Films.
Kino Lorber negotiated rights to Eugène Green’s Berlinale world premiere and nativity story Son Of Joseph with Films du Losange.
Mathieu Amalric, Fabrizio Rongione, Natacha Régnier, Maria de Medeiros and newcomer Victor Ezenfis star.
The film will receive its North American premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release in January 2017.
“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Eugène Green after releasing his visionary architecture opus La Sapienza,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber.
“Son Of Joseph brilliant cast, including French star Mathieu Amalric, La Sapienza lead Fabrizio Rongione, and Victor Ezenfis in a breakthrough performance as our biblical teenager, all playfully inhabit Eugène’s droll theatre of ideas in ways that make this his most intelligently charming and audience friendly film yet.”