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Adopt Films Take Berlin's 'Sister'

from INDIEWIRE February 16, 2012 | by Peter Knegt
Adopt Films has announced  its acquisition of all U.S. rights to Ursula Meier’s ”Sister,” which world premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this week to warm notices.

"Evoking a lost childhood with bittersweet intent, 'Sister' bears the mark of a filmmaker with supreme control over her material," Eric Kohn wrote in his review from the festival.

“Sister” stars Léa Seydoux and Kacey Mottet Klein as siblings struggling for survival amid the high-end ski resorts of the Swiss Alps. It was written was directed by Meier who co-wrote the original screenplay with Antoine Jaccoud.

“Few directors can effectively and effortlessly tell such an intimate story on such a vast and epic visual canvas," Adopt's Jeff Lipsky said of the film. "With ‘Sister’ Ursula Meier has achieved that in spades. This is a film that sends chills down your spine.  Anyone who has ever had to protect a brother or a sister will identify with this wonderful film and anyone who loves cinema will revel in it.”

The deal was negotiated by Tanja Meissner of Memento Films and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executives Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky.  Adopt plans a late 2012 theatrical release for “Sister.” It is the first major sale to a U.S. distributor out of the Berlinale's competition.

Adopt Films’s previously announced titles for 2012 release include Marie Losier’s Berlin Festival award-winner “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” Debbie Goodstein’s “Mighty Fine,” and Anne Émond’s Toronto Film Festival erotic character study “Nuit #1.”

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