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Hot Docs ’16: Cinephil takes “City 40,” “Thousand Cuts”

Tel Aviv-based distributor Cinephil has acquired the sales rights to two docs making their world premieres at Hot Docs: Samira Goetschel's City 40 and Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel's Death by a Thousand Cuts (pictured).
May 3, 2016

Tel Aviv-based distributor Cinephil has acquired the sales rights to two documentaries making their world premieres at Hot Docs: Samira Goetschel’s City 40 and Juan Mejia Botero and Jake Kheel’s Death by a Thousand Cuts (pictured).

Cinephil will handle the worldwide rights to Goetschel’s film, which exposes the human and environmental concerns surrounding labor prisoners in a forbidden Soviet-era city in Russia. The doc hosted its world premiere at the 23rd edition of Hot Docs on April 28. It will next screen on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. EST at Toronto’s Innis Town Hall.

The Israeli sales agent will also handle the international rights (excluding North America) to Botero and Kheel’s Death by a Thousand Cuts, which investigates the fight for natural resources between the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. The film will have its world premiere at the Toronto-based festival on Tuesday (May 3) at 6:15 p.m. EST at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3.

Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky and director-producer Samira Goetschel negotiated the deal for City 40, while the agreement for Death by a Thousand Cuts was brokered between Kowarsky and Participant Media’s Rob Williams.

At Hot Docs, Cinephil is also representing the Canadian premiere of Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan’s Strike a Pose, catching up with Madonna’s dancers 25 years after her Blonde Ambition Tour, and the international premiere of Jessica Dimmock and Christopher Lamarca’s The Pearl, following four middle-aged transgender women as they struggle to find acceptance.

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