Kino Lorber forms partnership with Zeitgeist Films

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Kino Lorber announced a multi-year strategic alliance with art-house film distributor Zeitgeist Films, founded and run by Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo.

Going forward, Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films will co-acquire four to five theatrical titles per year to be marketed and released by Zeitgeist Films, which continues to be operated and controlled by co-presidents Gerstman and Russo. In addition, Kino Lorber will become the exclusive distributor of all Zeitgeist Films titles for the home-video and educational markets, as well as all digital media, adding Zeitgeist’s library of more than 130 titles to Kino Lorber’s library of over 1,500 new and classic films.

Founded in 1988, Zeitgeist Films has distributed first films by such notable directors as Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, François Ozon, Atom Egoyan and the Quay Brothers. Their catalogue includes films from such acclaimed filmmakers as Agnès Varda, Guy Maddin, Olivier Assayas, Abbas Kiarostami, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Yvonne Rainer, Jan Svankmajer, Andrei Zyvagintsev, Astra Taylor and Raoul Peck. 

Five Zeitgeist films have been nominated for Academy Awards and one, Nowhere in Africa, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and went on to gross over $6 million at the U.S. box office. Among the company’s other most successful theatrical releases are Bill Cunningham New York, The Corporation, Aimee & Jaguar, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Ballets Russes and Into Great Silence.

Starting in July, Gerstman and Russo will relocate to Kino Lorber’s midtown office in Manhattan along with Adrian Curry, an integral member of the Zeitgeist team since 1991. Curry will become design director for Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films.

Gerstman and Russo commented, "Our collaboration with Kino Lorber is a major step for us—possibly the most significant since we began our company 28 years ago. We are like-minded companies in many ways and anticipate a very successful partnership.”

Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber, stated, “Nancy and Emily share our DNA in their passion for great cinema. Their superb taste and astute judgment distinguishes them as the leading curators in the world of art-house distribution. We foresee compelling synergies as we pursue our joint mission with joined forces.”