Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has acquired Mads Brügger’s darkly comic doc The Ambassador (pictured), which played to controversy and acclaim at IDFA in Holland and Sundance in Utah.
The film sees Brügger (Red Chapel) attempting to procure a diplomatic title in order to covertly export diamonds out of the Central African Republic. The film opened IDFA last November, where it had its world premiere, before having its North American premiere in Park City two months later.
The film will launch on VOD and digital platforms on August 4 and theatrically in New York City (at the IFC Center) on August 29, and in Los Angeles (The Cinefamily) and Austin (Alamo Drafthouse locations) on August 31.
“The Ambassador is the kind of exciting and provocative work from a fearless visionary that is an exact DNA match for our brand,” said Drafthouse Films director of acquisitions Evan Husney, “and from his jaw-dropping stunts in Northern Korea as seen in Red Chapel to the hostile blood diamond mines in central Africa, Brügger is this generation’s foremost gonzo journalist.”
The deal was negotiated by James Emanuel Shapiro of Drafthouse Films and Susan Wendt of Trustnordisk on behalf of the film’s producers at Zentropa.