Cinema Guild – ein neues DVD-Label

Bisher war The Cinema Guild als renommiertes Label auf dem US-amerikanischen Educational Market bekannt. Man veröffentlichte für Bildungseinrichtungen wie Universitäten hochpreisige Filme mit öffentlichem Vorführrecht. Doch jetzt forciert Cinema Guild den Ausbau eines neuen Home Video Labels (Presseerklärung), und das hat es in sich. Das Programm wird zielstrebig erweitert. Heute wurde die Vertragsunterzeichnung mit Project X von Oliver Groom bekannt:

„Philip Hobel, Chairman of The Cinema Guild, and Oliver Groom, President of Toronto-based Project X Distribution, announced today an exclusive home video partnership between the two companies. Eleven Project X titles, previously released in the U.S. by defunct New Yorker Home Video under a service arrangement, will now be available through the Cinema Guild’s new home video label. The Cinema Guild will also handle the DVD releases of new Project X titles.

The first release will be Christian Petzold’s debut feature, “The State I Am In” on July 28, 2009, followed by Peter Watkins’ 14 hour peace documentary “The Journey.”

“It’s very important for Project X to find the right like-minded company to team up with and I’m very much looking forward to working with the guys at The Cinema Guild,” commented Oliver Groom, President of Project X Distribution, in a statement. “Furthermore, between us we now have 4 films by the German director Christian Petzold under one roof. He’s a rising star in world cinema.” (indieWIRE)

vollständige Presseerklärung: „Project X signs exclusive home video deal with Cinema Guild“ (15.4.2009):

Christian Petzold’s debut feature “The State I Am In” to be first release.

Eleven titles previously released by New Yorker Home Video now available through Cinema Guild.

New York, NY — Philip Hobel, Chairman of The Cinema Guild, and Oliver Groom, President of Toronto-based Project X Distribution, announced today an exclusive home video partnership between the two companies.

Eleven Project X titles, previously released in the U.S. by New Yorker Home Video under a service arrangement, will now be available through the Cinema Guild’s new home video label. The Cinema Guild will also handle the DVD releases of new Project X titles.

The first release will be Christian Petzold’s debut feature, “The State I am In” (2001) on July 28, 2009, a tightly-executed thriller about two former political terrorists on the run with their adolescent daughter who must return to Germany for one last job, followed by Peter Watkins’ 14 hour peace documentary “The Journey” (1986), Watkins’ political thriller “Evening Land” (1977) and Christian Petzold’s “Ghosts” (2005).

The catalog titles include the acclaimed Cinema of Peter Watkins collection with such releases as “Punishment Park” (1971), “Edvard Munch” (1974), “The Gladiators” (1969), “The War Game” (1965) / “Culloden” (1964), “The Freethinker” (1994) and “Privilege” (1967); as well as two films from Swedish director Mai Zetterling, “Loving Couples” (1964) and “The Girls” (1968); and Henning Carlsen’s award-winning adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s classic novel “Hunger” (1966).

“We have great admiration not only for the types of films Project X releases, but for the level of care and attention they put into each release. We are delighted to have them as part of our growing home video line,” commented Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution for The Cinema Guild.

“It’s very important for Project X to find the right like-minded company to team up with and I’m very much looking forward to working with the guys at The Cinema Guild,” commented Oliver Groom, President of Project X Distribution. “Furthermore, between us we now have 4 films by the German director Christian Petzold under one roof. He’s a rising star in world cinema.”

Founded over 40 years ago by award-winning producers Philip and Mary-Ann Hobel, The Cinema Guild is a leading distributor of documentary, foreign and independent film. Upcoming home video releases include Alexander Sokurov’s “Alexandra” on April 28 and Ellen Kuras’s Academy Award nominated documentary “The Betrayal” in the fall. Upcoming theatrical releases include Christian Petzold’s “Jerichow,” Jia Zhang-ke’s “24 City” and Agnes Varda’s “The Beaches of Agnes.”

Project X Distribution was set up by Oliver Groom in 2004 to release carefully selected independent and foreign-language films on DVD and embarked with the Oscar-winning maverick British director Peter Watkins on bringing his films back into the public eye. Projects have included a major restoration and theatrical re-issue of Watkins’ masterpiece, “Edvard Munch.”

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