Dogwoof acquires Erlingsson’s “Show of Shows”

The UK-based distributor has picked up the world rights to Icelandic filmmaker Benedikt Erlingsson's The Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals, which features a soundtrack by two members of the band Sigur Ros.
August 21, 2015

UK-based distributor Dogwoof has picked up the world rights to Benedikt Erlingsson’s documentary The Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals.

The doc, which had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June, features a soundtrack by Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. It looks at the history of circus performers, cabaret acts, fairground freak shows and vaudeville during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The film marks Erlingsson’s debut documentary feature and was co-produced by Sagafilm, Crossover Labs, BBC Storyville, RUV Iceland, SVT Sweden, the University of Sheffield and the National Fairground Archive.

Dogwoof will rep the film in all markets outside Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Holland. Sales agents will be on hand at the Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival next month. The company will also distribute the doc in the UK.

The Show of Shows is due to close the Sarajevo Film Festival this weekend and will also screen in San Sebastian where Erlingsson won the Best New Director Award in 2013 for his narrative drama Of Horses and Men.

The instrumental soundtrack for the doc came out today (August 21) under the title Circe on Sigur Rós’ label.

  • Check out a trailer for the film below:

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