Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Andres Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven – about Latin musician Violet Parra – which won the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The biopic of iconic Latin American musician, folksinger and poet Violet Parra, from the director of Machuca and Football Stories, premieres this week at the Latinbeat film series held by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, in New York, USA.
According to the official synopsis, the film is about “tracing the evolution of an iconic woman, from an impoverished childhood to international sensation, Violeta Went to Heaven captures the ups and downs of a life that both transformed and propelled Latin American music during the 20th century.”
Kino Lorber is looking to release the movie into theaters nationally in November or December of this year, with a VOD option and international theatrical release scheduled for early 2013. A UK date is yet to be confirmed.
Scripted by Machuca and Matias Lira’s Drama writer Eliseo Altunaga, the film traces Violeta’s many political struggles, including her work to protect indigenous cultures and her transformation into a political inspiration for citizens throughout the continent.
Her most celebrated song La Carta was a protest song written in support of her brother’s arrest and incarceration for his political beliefs, while arguably her most travelled song – Gracias a la Vida – has been covered by Mercedes Sosa and Joan Baez and continues to be one of the most covered songs in Latin America.