Grasshopper Film has acquired the U.S. non-theatrical distribution rights to The Stairs.
The Canadian documentary is the debut feature from Hugh Gibson and explores the issues of addiction through the eyes of Marty, Greg and Roxanne, three social workers working in one of Toronto’s poorest neighbourhoods. The film, executive produced by Alan Zweig, made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
The doc recently won the Toronto Film Critics Association Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, which granted Gibson a $100,000 prize that he then split among the other two finalists.
“I was incredibly moved by The Stairs,” said Grasshopper founder Ryan Krivoshey, in a statement. “It’s an extraordinary work influenced by filmmakers such as Pedro Costa and Abbas Kiarostami, but with its own unique vision and style.” The deal was directly negotiated between Krivoshey and Gibson.
New York-based Grasshopper specializes in independent, foreign and documentary films, adding The Stairs to its roster which includes Kate Plays Christine and The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. It originally founded in early 2016 at the European Film Market in Berlin, headed Krivoshey, a former Cinema Guild exec. The company announced at the time plans to release eight to 12 titles theatrically per year, and more than 50 on VOD, digital and other platforms.