Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ Sundance Film Festival hit will be heading to North American theaters in the near future.
The Chilean filmmaker’s To Kill a Man, which won the world cinema grand jury prize at Sundance last month, has been picked up for North American distribution by Film Movement. It’s the company’s first acquisition of 2014.
The Chilean drama, which Fernández Almendras directed, first premiered at Sundance and is currently screening at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Film Movement is looking toward a fall theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada, followed by a video on demand and DVD release.
The film depicts hardworking family man Jorge, who is just barely making ends meet. After he’s mugged by a neighborhood delinquent named Kalule, his son confronts the young man and gets shot by Kalule. The killer is released after two years in prison, and he is set on revenge against Jorge’s family.
The deal was struck in the final days of Sundance Film Festival and confirmed just as Berlinale kicked off, by Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein and Vicente Casales, managing director at Film Factory.
To Kill a Man is Almendras’ third feature. His first film, Huacho, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, where it won Critics’ Week.