"Where to Invade Next," Michael Moore's provocatively titled new documentary, has been picked up by a new distributor.
The distribution firm is so new that it doesn't yet have a name. Its founders are fomer Radius presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, and Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League.
"Together with Michael Moore and his extraordinary new film we hope to remind Americans they have the inalienable right to laugh, especially in an election year," the distributors said in a statement. "We're thrilled about our new label and can't think of a better film or filmmaker to launch with."
The Hollywood Reporter cited unnamed sources who said that Moore's film received a cool reception from major buyers at last month's Toronto International Film Festival. (Moore's last film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," was produced by The Weinstein Company and released through the mini-major Paramount Vantage.) Despite the new movie's title, "Where to Invade Next" is not about U.S. intervention abroad but about Moore's journey across Europe to find better ways to run a country -- perhaps much as he did when he extolled Cuba's health-care system in his film "Sicko." A trailer for the film shows Moore playing the bumbling American in places like France, where he mangles the native language and attempts to plant the U.S. flag near the Arc De Triomphe.
In announcing the deal, Moore released a statement calling the new distribution company "a cinematic Dream Team" that would "rethink the way movies are made, doing it with filmmakers who create their best work in a supportive environment, unfettered by a traditional studio system."
"Where to Invade Next" is scheduled to screen Friday at the New York Film Festival, and later this month at the Hamptons International Film Festival, where Moore will speak as a guest.