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Drafthouse Films takes on “The Ambassador”

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.
July 10, 2012

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.

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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