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Ana Mendieta’s estate reached a settlement with Amazon Studios over alleged copyright infringement in “Suspiria.”

Alex Wexelman
Oct 25, 2018 6:43PM, via Variety

Suspiria, 2018. Photo by Alessio Bolzoni, courtesy Amazon S

After filing a lawsuit against Amazon Studios alleging copyright infringement late last month, the estate of the late artist Ana Mendieta and the online retail behemoth’s film and television subsidiary have reached a settlement.

The initial complaint claimed Luca Guadagnino’s forthcoming remake of Dario Argento’s arthouse horror classic Suspiria (1977) referenced eight of Mendieta’s works. Galerie Lelong & Co., which manages her estate, filed suit in Seattle’s federal court seeking damages and a restraining order to prevent Amazon Studios, the film’s distributor, from proliferating the alleged infringing scenes.

The terms of the agreement have not been made public. However, the artist’s estate had previously petitioned Amazon successfully to remove images it said reproduced two of Mendieta’s works—Rape Scene (1973) and Untitled: Silueta Series, Mexico (1978)—from both the trailer and the film.

Paraphrasing Barbara Hoffman, the Mendieta estate’s legal counsel, Galerie Lelong told Variety:

it is unfortunate that the director, Luca Guadagnino, purports to pay homage to women artists of the 70s, yet Amazon has forced the Estate to bring a lawsuit to redress the damage suffered from the continuing usages of Mendieta’s iconic images in connection with “Suspiria.”
Alex Wexelman
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