Kino Lorber Acquires US Rights to 'Final Cut' By Academy Award® Winner Michel Hazanavicius

By Kino Lorber | January 18, 2023
Kino Lorber Acquires US Rights to 'Final Cut' By Academy Award® Winner Michel Hazanavicius
''Clever and giddily entertaining… A gory pleasure.'' 
– Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
“Delightfully silly… a salute to cinema so goofy and goodhearted
that it is hard to resist.’’ 
– Tim Grierson, Screen International
“In its own particular and seriously deranged way, Final Cut is as much a valentine to the act of filmmaking
as Hazanavicius’ Oscar-winning film The Artist was.” 
– Steve Pond, The Wrap
Kino Lorber announced that it has acquired all US distribution rights to Final Cut, directed by Academy Award® winner Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and starring Romain Duris (L'Auberge Espagnole) and Academy Award® nominee Bérénice Bejo (The Artist). Kino Lorber will release the film theatrically in Summer 2023 followed by a digital and home video release on all major platforms.
A remake of Shin’ichirô Ueda’s cult hit One Cut of the Dead (2017), Final Cut had its World Premiere as the Opening Night Selection at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The film has since gone on to screen in some of the world's top international festivals for genre films, including the Sitges Film Festival in Spain and Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. 
Final Cut follows a director (Duris) making a live, single-take, low-budget zombie movie in which the cast and crew, one by one, actually turn into zombies. Hazanavicius milks the film’s hilarious and meta-to-the-max premise for all it’s worth, while also crafting a sly love letter to the art of filmmaking. What’s on screen unfolds in typical cheesy B-movie fashion, yet the off-screen hijinks offers a celebration of the unpredictable and collaborative nature of film sets. More blood-soaked high farce than horror, Final Cut revels in its affectionate embrace of goofy genre fun.
The deal for Final Cut was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Eva Diederix of Wild Bunch International. Final Cut is produced by Getaway Films and La Classe Américaine with SK Global Entertainment and BlueLight, and co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Gaga Corporation.
Final Cut is the perfect film to bring people out to movie theaters: a hilarious, in-your-face, genre twisting romp that demands the big screen treatment. Over-the-top gore even for the squeamish, and slapstick comedy even for the sophisticate, Final Cut has it all,” said Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell. “I hope audiences will have as much fun watching this film as we will have releasing it.”  
“I'm absolutely delighted that my movie Final Cut is being released in the US, and so proud to be working with Kino Lorber,” added director Michel Hazanavicius. “I love American audiences – I’ve always found them very happy to laugh! So, enjoy the show, guys!”