Saboteur Media – the distribution arm of London- and New York-based indie Goldcrest Films – is entering international sales with two doc titles at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Formed a year and a half ago, Saboteur Media has thus far overseen the domestic release of 10 films including Sebastian Junger’s Korengal. The division is to acquire and distribute 10 to 12 high-end documentaries each year – “with theatrical potential in the U.S.” according to a release – but has now broadened its scope to include titles appealing to all rights distributors in the international marketplace.
The first of the two films Saboteur is representing at the festival – which kicks off today – is Saeed Taji Farouky and Mike McEvoy’s Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, which is screening in the Panorama section of the fest and is billed as following “the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of the Afghans.”
Elsewhere, Saboteur Media will be at the European Film Market (EFM) – which runs alongside the festival – selling international rights to Shan Nicholson’s Rubble Kings (pictured), which looks at gang-ruled New York City between the years of 1968 and 1975 and the hip hop culture that was borne of the period. The doc is to be released by Saboteur in the U.S. later this year.
Sales for the division are being handled by former Studio Canal and Canal+ exec Pierre Weisbein, who recently joined the company from Goldcrest Films.
“We aim to put our films in front of audiences wherever they are,” said Nick Quested, executive director at Goldcrest Films, in a statement. “Now with a broader reach, Pierre coming on board, and the weight of Goldcrest behind it, Saboteur Media couldn’t be better positioned to do just that.”
The Berlin Film Festival runs from February 5 to 15.