Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights from Luxbox Films to Manuela Martelli’s Chilean drama and Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection 1976, which has been renamed Chile 1976.
Actor Martelli’s directorial debut takes place in the early years of the Augusto Pinochet regime as an upper middle-class woman gets drawn into the political opposition when she is asked by the family priest to take care of an injured man who is in hiding.
Aline Kuppenheim stars alongside Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina and Alejandro Goic and acted with Martelli in Machuca. Martelli co-wrote the screenplay with Alejandra Moffat.
Chilean writer-directors Omar Zuniga and Dominga Sotomayor produced for Cinestación with Alejandra Garcia and Andres Wood for Wood Producciones. Nathalia Videla Peña and Juan Pablo Gugliotta for Magma Cine served as co-producers.
Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release next winter. SVP Wendy Lidell negotiated the deal with Jennyfer Gautier, head of international sales for Luxbox.