Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band. Source: Courtesy of TIFF. Photo by David Gahr
Magnolia Pictures International revealed sales deals on four doc features including The Fight and Assassins.
Ryan White’s Assassins sold to Dogwoof (UK), Nonstop Entertainment for Scandinavia, the Baltics and Iceland, Twin Co for Japan, The Coup Corporation for South Korea, Ascot Elite for German-speaking Europe and Channel 8 for Israel.
The puzzling murder of Kim Jong-un’s brother in a Malaysian airport sparks a captivating investigation. At the centre of the story, two women are on trial. Who are they? Fierce assassins or pawns in a twisted game? The film claims to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to high-level political espionage to the inner dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.
The Fight, which world premiered at Sundance and is selected for CPH:DOX festival went to Dogwoof for the UK. Its logline reads: When a migrant mother is separated from her child, when a transgender soldier is at risk to lose his career, when reproductive rights and basic voting rights are under attack — five unsung heroes take legal action to protect our freedoms.
D W Young’s The Booksellers, was picked up by Nonstop for Scandinavia, the Baltics and Iceland and by Mindjazz Pictures for German-speaking Europe. Magnolia describes the film as a loving celebration of book culture, offering a rare glimpse of many unique objects and the obsessive hunt for the next great find; from Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester (the most expensive book ever sold) to essential early hip-hop documents.
The rock music doc Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band sold to Nonstop for Scandinavia, the Baltics and Iceland. The film has previously sold to buyers including Aya Pro (for Japan), Umbrella (for Australia/New Zealand) and the BBC (for the UK).
The film is described as a confessional, cautionary and sometimes humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music.