Sundance focused attention almost exclusively on new American independent features and documentaries, but what about the rest of the world? Film Movement is doing their part, acquiring US rights to Carlos Sorin's Argentine drama The Window and planning a May 2009 theatrical release, according to indieWIRE.
That sounds like a good counter-programming move. Film Movement is a small distributor of independent and foreign films and knows how to nurture their acquisitions. And even if The Window doesn't play theatrically beyond a few big cities, this deal will assure that it will be available on DVD this year, which is good news for fans of director Sorin. He previously made dramas such as Historias Minimas ("absorbing, undemanding," per Jeffrey M. Anderson) and Bombón: El Perro ("an unashamed crowdpleaser," per Neil Young), and The Window sounds like it's in a similar vein. Take a look at the trailer, embedded above, which reveals no plot details but gives a nice feel for the gentle vibe.
The detailed synopsis at Moviefone indicates that the film revolves a 80-year-old bedridden man (veteran screenwriter Antonio Larreta) who watches the preparations for a reunion with his long-estranged son, now a world-renowned concert pianist, through a window in his home in the Patagonia region of Argentina. After playing at the Toronto fest last September, The Window had its US premiere at the Palm Springs fest just before Sundance and will open in its native country next month.