18 may 2022 Velvet Film Entrusts The RAOUL PECK Catalogue To mk2 films
The agreement between mk2 films and Velvet Film includes the French and International rights on the Raoul Peck catalogue that mk2 will start selling during the Cannes Film Festival.
Encompassing both documentary and fiction, the Raoul Peck collection gathers the essential work of one of the most important voices in filmmaking, whose latest HBO documentary series Exterminate All the Brutes received great critical acclaim around the world and for which Peck has earned a DGA Awards nomination.
The collection includes the Academy award nominated and BAFTA winning I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, as well as the powerful LUMUMBA: DEATH OF A PROPHET (restored in 4K – Cannes Classics 2021) where historical investigation meets Peck’s childhood memories to deliver a vibrant memorial to one of the legendary figures of modern African history.
mk2 films will also now represent Peck’s “Haitian films” including 3 fiction films and a documentary: HAITIAN CORNER, MOLOCH TROPICAL, FATAL ASSISTANCE and MURDER IN PACOT, a powerful testimony to Haitian society, from dictatorship to democracy, where we witness 50 years of Haitian struggle, against its opponents both from inside and outside the country.
Marin, Nathanaël and Elisha Karmitz are delighted and honoured by the confidence Raoul Peck and Velvet Film have entrusted to the mk2 group.
“We are extremely proud to represent Raoul Peck’s vital and political work, he is an essential voice of today, echoing through his films with a relentless attack on racism, genocide, and colonialism”, said Nathanaël Karmitz, mk2 Films’ CEO.
Raoul Peck said : “I’m delighted to know that my films will have such a renowned, established yet innovative home as mk2.”
With the acquisition of François Truffaut’s collection in 1999, Charlie Chaplin’s in 2001, Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy’s in 2017 and Jacques Rozier’s earlier this year, mk2 films distributes a unique library of over 800 films in France and around the world, including both fiction and documentary. A rich collection including films by Claude Chabrol, Michael Haneke, Abbas Kiarostami, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, David Lynch, Alain Resnais, Gus Van Sant – to name but a few…
The whole film collection also includes some of the major films in the history of cinema and a large number of classic films restored in 2K and 4K: from the very pioneers of the industry, such as D. W. Griffith and Alice Guy-Blaché, to Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, up to today’s most acclaimed directors such as Jia Zhang-Ke, Joachim Trier, Céline Sciamma, Xavier Dolan, and Mati Diop.
ICM Partners continues to represent Raoul Peck’s films in North America.
List of titles
– EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021) – Documentary mini-series (HBO – Arte – Sky)
– I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016) – Oscar nominated, BAFTA, Cesar & Emmy winner
– MURDER IN PACOT (2014)
– FATAL ASSISTANCE (2013)
– MOLOCH TROPICAL (2010)
– THE VILLEMIN CASE (2006) – mini-series 6 episodes (France 3)
– LUMUMBA: DEATH OF A PROPHET (1990) – 4K – Cannes Classics 2021
– HAITIAN CORNER (1987)
About Raoul Peck and Velvet Film:
Raoul Peck is a director, screenwriter and producer. Born in Haiti, raised in the Congo, the U.S., France, and Germany, Peck earned an economic-engineering master’s degree at the University of Berlin and then studied film at the Academy of Cinema and Television in Berlin (DFFB). In 1995, he created the Foundation Forum Eldorado, which focuses on cultural development in Haiti. He served as Haiti’s Minister of Culture from 1996 to 1997, after two years as a professor for screenwriting and directing at NYU Tish school of the Arts graduate program. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of La Fémis in Paris, the prestigious French national film school. In 2001, the Human Rights Watch Organization awarded him with the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award. Peck established Velvet Film in 1989, which is now operating in the U.S., France and Haiti, and through which he has produced or co-produced all of his films. He served as jury member at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, at the Berlinale in 2002, as well as Sundance and Tribeca. He is one of the most significant and prolific filmmakers of our time, richly rewarded for his historical, political and artistic work. His complex body of work includes such films as The Man by the Shore (Competition, Cannes 1993); Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2000, HBO); He produced and directed Sometimes in April for HBO on the genocide in Rwanda (Competition, Berlinale 2005); Moloch Tropical (Toronto 2009 and Berlin) and The Young Karl Marx (Berlinale 2017). His documentary films include: Lumumba, Death of a Prophet (Cannes Classics 2021); Fatal Assistance (Berlinale and Hot Docs 2013). His latest documentary feature film, I Am Not Your Negro was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and has won the Audience Award at both the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, the LA film critics best documentary award, the Best Documentary at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) (U.K.) and the French national film award the César, among many others. And his latest four-part film for HBO, ARTE and SKY, Exterminate All The Brutes.
Raoul Peck is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang.
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