TIFF ’14: Cinephil pens int’l sales for “Look of Silence”

Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil has sold The Look of Silence, from director Joshua Oppenheimer (pictured), into France, Australia, Canada and Japan.
September 12, 2014

Tel Aviv-based sales agent Cinephil has sold Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence into France, Australia, Canada and Japan, following its Canadian premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

International deals for the film were negotiated by Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky with France’s Wild Bunch, Canada’s Blue Ice Docs, Australia’s Madman Entertainment and Japan’s Transformer.

The film sees Oppenheimer (pictured above) following up his Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing by examining the Indonesian genocide of 1965 from the victims’ perspective, as opposed to the first doc, which examined the perpetrators’ point of view.

The film picked up the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival last week. It nabbed U.S. distribution ahead of its world premiere at Venice, and has also been picked up in the UK by Dogwoof and in Italy by Wonder. Negotiations are currently underway for distribution in Poland, Germany, Spain, Benelux, Hong Kong and Latin America.

The Look of Silence is produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen and Final Cut For Real, and is exec produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Andre Singer. It will continue its festival run at the New York Film Festival on September 30.

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