December 16

Aly Muritiba’s Sensitive Romance- Private Desert Won the Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival’s “Venice Days” Section

New York, NY – Kino Lorber announced that it has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Brazilian director Aly Muritiba’s latest film, Private Desert, from its world sales agent Intramovies. Produced by Grafo and Fado Filmes, the film had its world premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in the Venice Days section. Private Desert is Brazil’s official submission for Best International Film at the 94th Academy Awards®. The film tells the story of 40-year-old Daniel, who has been suspended from active police work and is under internal investigation.

When Sara, his internet love affair, goes missing, he decides to drive to her town in Northeast Brazil to try to track her down. Thousands of miles away from home, Daniel meets a man who can put the two in touch under very specific conditions. Private Desert won the Best Film and Best Acting awards for Pedro Fasanaro at Mix Brasil 2021; Best International Film TLVFest 2021 – The Tel Aviv International LGBTQ Film Festival, and received the Camilo Award (given to the best LGBTQ-themed feature film) and the Transfusión de Huelva Award, at the Huelva Festival – Cine Iberoamericano, in Spain. Most recently, it won the awards for Best Film, Best Actor (Antonio Saboia and Pedro Fasanaro), Best Supporting Actress (Zezita Matos), Best Supporting Actor (Luthero Renato de Almeida) and Best Soundtrack at the 25th Edition of Cine PE. Walter Salles, director of the Oscar® nominated film Central Station, described the film as “a must-see movie and a sensitive and emotional portrait of a Brazil in anguish. Private Desert is not to be missed.” “Private Desert exemplifies the harmonious balance of personal, political, and formally daring filmmaking we’ve come to expect from contemporary Brazilian cinema,” said Kino Lorber SVP of Theatrical Wendy Lidell. “Its thoughtful portrayal of an unexpected queer romance bucks stereotypes while offering an incisive look at the state of masculinity in modern society.” Kino Lorber will bring Private Desert to U.S. and Canadian theaters in 2022, followed by a release on all major digital platforms and home video.  About Aly Muritiba –Muritiba’s films have won more than 200 awards at festivals around the world, and have been selected by top festival’s such as Sundance (Rust, 2018), Venice (Tarantula, 2015), San Sebastian (For My Dead Lover, 2015 / Rust, 2018) and Cannes Critics’ Week (Pátio, 2013). His latest feature film “Jesus Kid” received three awards at the Gramado Festival in 2021: Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director. For TV and streaming platforms, Muritiba directed: “O Hipnotizador” Season 2 (HBO), “Carcereiros” Season 2 (Globo), “Irmãos Freitas” (Turner), “Irmandade” (Netflix) and “O Caso Evandro ” (GloboPlay). About Kino LorberWith a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Milestone Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering “virtual theatrical” releases of art-house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.