By Mark Olsen
11:46 AM PDT, May 21, 2013
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week, will be coming to U.S. screens in late fall or early winter.
The New York-based company Kino Lorber announced Tuesday that it had picked up the U.S. rights to the movie. The film is Jia's fourth to play at the festival and is divided into four stories.
L.A. Times critic Kenneth Turan called the film "a corrosive depiction of the New China, an everything-for-sale society still figuring out how to cope with the dehumanizing effects of unbridled capitalism."
Whether due to the presence of Steven Spielberg as head of the jury or for other reasons, much of the coverage from the Cannes Film Festival this year has steered toward North American-flavored fare and folks (from the Coen Brothers to Liberace and Ryan Gosling).
But as the deal for "Touch of Sin" shows, the festival's main competition is nevertheless still a hotbed for international cinema, a key launching pad for films from around the world.
In a statement, Kino Lorber chief executive Richard Lorber said, "'A Touch of Sin' struck me like lightning. Watching this film was a bracing cinematic experience, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to introduce this bold and unique title to a wide audience in the U.S."
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