Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks (pictured), a documentary about French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Directed by Daniel Laconte, the film chronicles the legal battle between the satirical publication and the Muslim French Council over the controversial cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad that Charlie Hebdo printed in 2005.
The film was originally released in France in 2008 by distributor Pyramide, which then re-released it theatrically last month following fatal shootings at the publication’s Paris headquarters on January 7. The attack left 11 wounded and 12 dead, including cartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who are interviewed in It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks.
Kino Lorber is planning to release the film theatrically this spring in major markets and those served by Emerging Pictures’ ‘Rendez-Vous Near You’s contemporary French film series, a touring program organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance Films.
Additionally, the film will screen in colleges, universities and libraries in the U.S. “to inspire community discussion regarding freedom of the press, religious fundamentalism and the escalating confrontation between radical Islam and the West over democratic ideals,” the distributor said in a statement.