Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu, true champions of international cinema with their company Strand Releasing, have acquired Lucrecia Martel's The Headless Woman for theatrical release in the USA. The film opens August 19 at my favorite haunt, Film Forum. This is great news, in my opinion, not only because the film is excellent, but also because it signals something important; despite the loss of New Yorker Films (still devastating), films like The Headless Woman and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's brilliant Three Monkeys (which was picked up by Zeitgeist) can still find a home in the USA.
We've lost so many excellent distributors, I can't articulate how important these acquisitions press releases have become to me; they are literal buoys, something to cling to as I swim through my days. When I read them, I get a smile on my face. I realized this past month that I will always carry many of these lost companies around as holes in my heart; Wellspring, New Yorker, Cowboy, Lot 47, etc. It all makes small victories like this one seem even more important. I can't wait for August, can't wait to see this film again.
In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a certain other excellent Argentinean film from Strand at a certain unnamed film festival announcing its line-up on Wednesday...(no, not THAT one...). Congrats and thanks to Jon and Marcus for making this film available to audiences.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Kent Jones and Lucrecia Martel (NYFF Press Screening of The Headless Woman, October 5, 2008.)