Kino Lorber has acquired all North American distribution rights to Elie Grappe’s Cannes Critics’ Week 2021 selection and Ukrainian gymnast drama Olga.
The distributor plans a theatrical release on June 24, with 10% of proceeds to be donated to Direct Relief in Ukraine.
Olga stars former Ukrainian national team gymnast Anastasiia Budiashkina in her first film role as Olga, a talented teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland, dreaming of Olympic gold and trying to fit in with her new team in her new home when her family in Ukraine becomes involved in the Maidan Revolution.
The film incorporates documentary footage from the 2013 uprising and is produced by Tom Dercourt and Jean Marc Fröhle. Olga won the SACD Prize for co-writers Grappe and Raphaëlle Desplechin following its premiere on the Croisette.
Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell negotiated the deal with Pulsar Content co-founder Gilles Sousa.