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Kino Lorber Acquires North American Rights to GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI, a Documentary by Sophie Fiennes

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Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI following last year's Toronto International Film Festival premiere, a theatrical release in early April, with a VOD and home media release set for fall 2018.

The film marks the second collaboration between Kino Lorber and Sophie Fiennes, following the company's release of the director's previous feature film, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow. Zeitgeist Films, currently in a distribution partnership with Kino Lorber, also released two other documentaries directed by Sophie Fiennes: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology and The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, both featuring renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek.


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The deal between Kino Lorber and WestEnd Films was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Eve Schoukroun and Sofia Neves at WestEnd Films. 

Kino Lorber CEO wrote in a prepared statement: "I saw Sophie Fiennes' Grace Jones documentary in the front row at its TIFF premiere — she was literally way larger than life. But the film and the woman are no less so in the back row … It's a jaw-dropping experience that ricochets artfully between the intimate and galactic, the personal and the public worlds of an iconic superstar. I can't wait to bring this unique cinematic encounter to North American audiences — one sure to engender many, many new Grace Jones fans."

 
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami re-invents the music documentary as an electrifying journey through the performance, private and public worlds of pop cultural icon Grace Jones. Jones' bold aesthetic echoes throughout the film as director Sophie Fiennes creates a powerful cinematic experience, contrasting breathtaking musical sequences with intimate personal footage, ultimately reaching beyond the iconic mask.


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The film also features renowned photographer and Jones' frequent creative collaborator Jean-Paul Goude, as well as Jamaican duo Sly and Robbie.
 
GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI is produced by Katie Holly (Love & Friendship, The Queen Of Ireland, Citadel) of Dublin-based Blinder Films, alongside Sophie Fiennes, Shani Hinton and Beverly Jones. The film is backed by BBC Films (Lady Macbeth, I, Daniel Blake, Yardie, A United Kingdom), the BFI (45 Years, Lady Macbeth), the Irish Film Board (Room, Love & Friendship) and Roads Entertainment (Being AP, Forever Pure).
 
Executive producers also include James Wilson (Under The Skin, Shaun Of The Dead, 20,000 Days On Earth), Francesca Von Hapsburg (Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present) and Émilie Blézat. The hats worn by Grace in the film are created by haute couture designer Philip Treacy. The staging for the performance sequences are based on the concepts designed for Grace Jones by Oscar winning designer, the late Eiko Isioka.

ABOUT KINO LORBER: 
With a library of 1,600 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for over 30 years, releasing over 25 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, and Alive Mind Cinema banners, with six Academy Award® nominated films in the last eight years, including last year's nominated documentary FIRE AT SEA, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

In addition, the company brings over 250 titles each year to the home entertainment market through physical and digital media releases under its five house brands. It also now distributes a growing number of third party labels in all ancillary media and is a direct digital distributor to all major digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Filmstruck, Tribeca Shortlist, Amazon, Vimeo, VHX, Fandor, Mubi and Others.

 

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