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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Icarus Films acquires six classic Jean Rouch films for North American Distribution

Icarus Films is excited to announce the acquisition of six classic films by French filmmaker and ethnographer Jean Rouch for North American distribution. A founder of cinéma véritéRouch is widely recognized as one of the world’s most significant documentary filmmakers, but much of his filmography has long been unavailable in the United States.

Icarus Films is producing new subtitles for three of the films, and they will be released to theatrical and non-theatrical audiences this fall. The films will appear in New York this fall as part of a two-part, 40-film Rouch retrospective held at French Institute Alliance Française and Anthology Film Archives between November 7-27, which will be accompanied by a one-day symposium at New York University. The retrospective will be followed by a North American tour, stopping at venues including The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver.
The six films are:

1955/ color/ 26 minutes
Rouch’s classic and controversial depiction of a spectacular trance ritual of Accra’s Hauka religious sect, made up mostly of migrant workers from rural Niger, that also constitutes a theatrical protest against West Africa’s colonial masters.

1956/ color/ 19 minutes
Along the coast of Ghana, near the old Portuguese slave forts, children play in the ocean and fisherman perform ceremonies to placate the sea gods whose favor determines their catch.

1957/ color/ 72 minutes
In Rouch’s landmark ethnofiction, three Nigerien migrant workers in Treichville, outside Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, describe their lives in the city, the difficulties of urbanization, and 
their dreams, playfully re-enacting their daily routines for the camera, and taking on the names of American movie stars.
1965/ color/ 80 minutes
Recorded over the course of seven years on the border between Niger and Mali, THE LION HUNTERS documents the traditional lion hunt of the Songhay people, taking it as a key to understanding the region’s social organization.

1967/ color/ 89 minutes
Three young men from Niger travel to Accra to work. Rouch once again collaborates with his subjects, who narrate the film together, recreating dialogue, explaining their motivations, and infusing the documentary footage with fantasy.
1969/ color/ 92 minutes
In LITTLE BY LITTLE, viewers rejoin the three men from JAGUAR, now running an import-export company in Niamey. Business brings them to Paris, where they perform a reverse anthropology of Rouch’s own culture.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Icarus Films acquires distribution rights to dGenerate Films Collection!

Icarus Films is proud to announce the acquisition of exclusive distribution rights to the dGenerate Films collection of award-winning, independent films from mainland China.

Founded in 2008, dGenerate quickly established itself as the primary North American resource for China's digital cinema vanguard. The collection includes more than 40 documentaries and fiction feature films.

dGenerate will continue as a label within the Icarus Films collection. Icarus anticipates adding five new titles a year.

You can browse the 24 titles already added to the Icarus website here. Keep an eye on the site for the titles we will be adding throughout the summer and fall.

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