The Works International, European sales agents for the Academy Award nominated picture The Cove, today announced the acquisition of the documentary by Japanese distributor Medallion Media. This is a coup for The Cove, directed by Louie Psihoyos of the Oceanic Preservation Society, as Japanese distributors and the Japanese government have previously shied away from the doc because it reveals the unsavory trade of dolphin slaughter taking place in Taiji, Japan. ‘In distributing The Cove we are not taking sides,’ says Norio Okahara, director of Medallion Media. ‘Rather, we are presenting the film for the Japanese to decide for themselves about the issues it raises. There is a debate to be had here and this important film – and the Academy Award nomination only serves to reinforce its importance – offers the opportunity for such a debate.’ The tentative release date for the doc in Japan will be April 2010.
- MIPCOM ’18