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Koch Lorber add Chop Shop to 08′ slate

I first caught Ramin Bahrani's gem at the Noga Hilton on Boulevard de la Croisette at Cannes last May, and odd place to view an eye-opening expose on a unique piece of Queens, New York. Chop Shop has finally landed a home in the U.S – will have a run at the Film Forum in late February thanks to Koch Lorber whio distributed his previous film. [Erratum: When I first wrote this I had gotten my distributors mixed up]. 

Recently nominated for the Someone to Watch Award at the Indie Spirits, Bahrani directed his debut film Man Push Cart a couple of years back to critical acclaim and is currently in post-prod with a great project called Solo that should hit festival circuit in 08'.

Chop Shop tells the story of Alejandro, a tough and ambitious street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and work in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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