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HBO picks up Sundance doc “The Oslo Diaries”

HBO is acquiring all domestic television rights, including streaming on the HBO service, to feature doc The Oslo Diaries. The Oslo Diaries made its world premiere in the World Cinema Documentary ...
January 28, 2018

HBO is acquiring all domestic television rights, including streaming on the HBO service, to feature doc The Oslo Diaries.

The Oslo Diaries made its world premiere in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this week in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

Directed by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, the doc follows the negotiations between a small group of Israels and Palestinians in 1992 over the course of 1,100 days. The groups gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of meetings over that came to be known as The Oslo Accords.

The doc features readings of the participants’ diaries from the time, interwoven with never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with key players, including the last on-camera conversation with former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

“We are humbled and excited by the warm hug our film has received from audiences at the Sundance Film Festival and thrilled with HBO’s decision to acquire the film,” said Loushy and Sivan, in a statement. “The prestigious platform of HBO will allow us to reach millions of viewers and we’re full of hope that this film will lead to the crucial dialogue we are missing so much these days, when it seems both sides have given up on a peaceful solution.”

HBO will debut the film later this year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords.

The deal for The Oslo Diaries was negotiated with HBO by Josh Braun and Ben Braun for Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

In Canada, the documentary will be broadcast on Radio-Canada and the documentary Channel. Canadian partners include Quebec funding agency SODEC, the Rogers Documentary Fund and the Canada Media Fund. 

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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