Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (pictured), a documentary about the life and work of master sushi chef Jiro Ono, which premieres at Tribeca in New York today.
The film marks the directorial debut for David Gelb, and follows the titular Ono, an 85-year-old chef at Sukiyabashi Jiro, an acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo. It is billed as a “mouthwatering love letter to sushi,” and examines the relationship between the chef and his son.
“Jiro Dreams Of Sushi teaches invaluable life lessons about honor, dedication, and the philosophy of perfectionism, but it’s also the most scrumptious and appetizing film you’ll see all year. Foodies, prepare to be indulged,” said Magnolia’s senior VP Tom Quinn.
Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year. The film was produced by Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content and Tom Pellegrini, with Matthew Weaver the exec producer. The deal was negotiated by Quinn, with Iwashina acting on behalf of the filmmakers. Fortissimo Film Sales is handling international sales.