Larry Meistrich's fledgling US distribution outfit Film Movement has acquired three award-winning films for select theatrical and limited DVD release. Yamina Benguigui's Inch'Allah Dimanche, Eric Eason's Manito and Giuseppe Piccioni's Light Of My Eye will be shown in select markets, with free admission for Film Movement members who will also be able to watch the films through the company's subscription DVD service while they are in theatres.
'Our mission is to broaden access to award-winning independent films, regardless of where you live or when you want to watch,' Meistrich, Film Movement's founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement. 'Film consumers across the nation deserve the same access to new releases that audiences in cities such as New York and Los Angeles enjoy.'
Eason's Manito won the Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Benguigui's Inch'Allah Dimanche collected the FIPRESCI Award at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival and Piccioni's Light Of My Eye garnered best actor and best actress awards at the 2001 Venice Film Festival.
Film Momentum was established in January 2002 with the aim of offering wider access to limited releases from around the world. Aside from theatrical releases open to the public, a monthly subscription of $19.95 entitles members to buy Film Momentum titles on DVD and attend private screenings.