London-based Journeyman Pictures has picked up worldwide distribution rights for Talal Derki’s Syrian conflict doc Return to Homs (pictured), which opened IDFA last fall and won a top award at Sundance last month.
The film, which follows the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in the city of Homs, picked up the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
The film has already been sold for TV to ARTE in France and Germany, NHK in Japan, RTS in Switzerland, SVT in Sweden, and Radio Canada. It was directed by Derki and produced by Orwa Nyrabia and Hans-Robert Eisenhauer.
The film was acquired by Journeyman’s head of documentary acquisitions and sales Edward Caffrey, who said that “following the film’s success at Sundance there has been significant interest from theatrical, digital and broadcast buyers around the world, and in the coming weeks we expect to have significant announcements regarding further releases.”