Independent distributor The Cinema Guild has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to South Korean director Seung-jun Yi’s Planet of Snail, which won the Best Feature-Length Documentary prize at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) last year.
Two years in the making, the film follows a blind and deaf man who uses a form of touch-based sign language to navigate the world and communicate with his wife, who is a small person. It premiered at IDFA and will open theatrically in the United States this summer.
A rising name in the doc world, Seung-jun Yi has previously directed a dozen TV documentaries and shorts, including 2008′s Children of God, about a group of children living in a Nepalese crematorium.
Other documentaries recently distributed by The Cinema Guild include Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s doc The Interrupters, Alex Rotaru’s Shakespeare High, and Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald). The deal was negotiated by The Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey with Catherine Le Clef of CAT&Docs.