Kino Lorber Acquires Chilean Film VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN

Kino Lorber Inc. announced today the acquisition of the North American rights to the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize winner, Violeta Went to Heaven / Violeta se fue a los cielos (pictured), directed by Andrés Wood. The biopic of legendary musician and poet, Violeta Parra, details the evolution of an iconic woman, from her struggles as an impoverished child to her fame as an international sensation.

Directed by Wood (Machuca, Football Stories), the film follows many of Parra’s political struggles including her constant efforts in protecting indigenous cultures, as seen in one of her most famous song’s "La Carta." This story blended with magical realism and drama illustrates the ups and downs of this incredible artist who continues to be revered through her signature song, "Gracias a la Vida" by musicians around the world.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber stated that "Violeta inspired us at its first screening at Sundance." "Although she is not a household name here, her story is poignantly universal and enhanced by her phenomenal music throughout.”

This week, the film premieres in New York City at the Latinbeat Film Festival, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Kino Lorber is also planning a nationwide theatrical release during November/December 2012 as well as VOD and theatrical expansion.