New York-based art house distributor Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to the documentary Capital in the Twenty-First Century from New Zealand filmmaker Justin Pemberton.
The film, based on Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book of the same name, will have its North American premiere Nov. 10 at the DOC NYC festival, followed by a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada.
Kino Lorber has partnered with educational streamer Kanopy to make the documentary available to universities and public libraries in July 2020.
At that time, it will also be released on the distributor’s newly launched VOD platform KinoNow, as well as other TVOD services and as a deluxe Blu-ray.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century presents a journey through wealth and power, challenging the assumption that the accumulation of wealth runs hand-in-hand with social progress and shining a light on today’s inequalities.
Weaved with dozens of classic and contemporary movie clips, the film assembles pop culture references coupled with interviews of experts such as Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, Ian Bremmer, Rana Foroohar, and Francis Fukuyama.
“Capital in The Twenty-First Century took our breath away at first sight,” Richard Lorber, Kino Lorber CEO and president, said in a statement. “Who would have thought that the world’s leading economists could deliver a visionary message as cinematically engaging entertainment? Capital will amaze and resonate with audiences ever more so because of it. We’ll be launching it in theaters just as the U.S. presidential campaign really heats up. We think it will do nothing less than help shape the outcome.”