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‘Kiss the Future,’ a documentary featuring members of U2, focuses on the underground community that used music and art to effect change during the 1990s siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War.
AMC Theatres has reached a deal with Fifth Season to release the critically acclaimed documentary, “Kiss the Future,” which premiered at Berlinale and opened The Tribeca Film Festival last year. The film, which features appearances from Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Christine Amanpour, and Bill Clinton, will receive a full theatrical run at select US AMC locations starting Friday, February 23.
Directed by Nenad Cicin-Sain, produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Sarah Anthony, “Kiss the Future” is derived from a screenplay written by Bill Carter, based on his memoir, “Fools Rush In.” The film tells the story of a vibrant underground community that used music and art to effect change and garner global attention amid the devastating siege of Sarajevo in the ‘90s during the Bosnian War.
The film focuses on the community that inspired an American aid worker to reach out to Irish rock band U2 to help raise awareness of the conflict. “Kiss the Future” follows the band’s promise to perform a post-war concert that saw U2 playing for over 45,000 local fans in a liberated city.
On Wednesday, February 21, at 7 PM local time, select AMC Theatres across the United States will host an exclusive early screening. “Kiss the future: A Dolby Special Event” will include an introduction from producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and a pre-recorded post-film discussion hosted by Deadline’s Matt Carey, featuring director Nenad Cicin-Sain, Vesna Andree Zaimovic, and Bill Carter in a conversation with U2’s The Edge and Adam Clayton about their personal experience.
Tickets to the Dolby Cinema-presented event are on sale at the AMC Theatres website and mobile app. Tickets go on sale on February 8 for showtimes beginning on February 23.
“Even in the darkest times, the people of Sarajevo were able to find purpose through playing music, making art, and helping others. They did not just survive, they thrived,” said director Nenad Cicin-Sain.
“The powerful message of peace is as relevant and important today as it was in September 1997 when Bill Carter and Sarajevan community leaders brought U2 to post-war Sarajevo,” said Matt Damon. “Artists Equity is proud to bring Nenad’s wonderful, life-affirming film to theater audiences across the United States.”
“AMC Theatres has a long-standing commitment to bring powerful and personal stories to the big screen with our AMC Artisan Films program,” added Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer for AMC Theatres. “We are excited to support Director, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Artists Equity, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in sharing this inspiring film.”
Fifth Season is handling the global distribution of the film in addition to making the domestic theatrical distribution deal with AMC. “Kiss the Future” was financed and produced by Fifth Season as a Fifth Season, Artists Equity, and In Cahoots Production. WME co-represented the domestic rights alongside Fifth Season.