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Strand Releasing Picks Up Controversial Austrian Film

Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 21st, 2011

Indie distributor Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Austrian director Markus Schleinzer’s controversial film MICHAEL. The film, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American Premiere last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, is an intense drama that focuses on the last five months of a ten-year-old boy’s life under the control of a child molestorwho keeps him locked away in a room in a basement. This is the debut feature for Schleinzer whose previous efforts as a casting director include such art house gems as LOVELY RITA, DOG DAYS, THE PIANO TEACHER, THE WHITE RIBBON and WOMEN WITHOUT MEN. MICHAEL will be released in February 2012. Strand Releasing’s slate for this year includes Philippe LeGuay’s THE WOMEN ON THE 6th FLOOR, Claude and Nathan Miller’s I’M GLAD MY MOTHER IS ALIVE, Danis Tanovic’s CIRKUS COLUMBIA and Tom Tykwer’s 3.

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