Kino Lorber picks up Berlinale winner “Fire at Sea”

The New York-based distributor is planning a fall theatrical release for Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi's Golden Bear-winning documentary.
February 24, 2016

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Fire at Sea.

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi, the doc picked up four prizes at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month including the Golden Bear for best film and the Ecumenical Jury prize.

The film focuses on the inhabitants of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which has become the first point of entry for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants attempting to make their ways across Europe.

Kino Lorber is planning a fall theatrical release.

The Gold Bear win marked the second major festival prize for Italian filmmaker Rosi. In 2013, his film Sacro GRA won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Daniela Elstner of Doc & Film International.

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