New York-based indie film producer-distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the U.S. rights to director Julien Faraut’s feature bio-documentary John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection.
Written and directed by Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, the archival film spotlights legendary tennis player John McEnroe when he competed in the French Open at Paris’s Roland Garros Stadium. In The Realm of Perfection uses 16-mm shot footage of the left-handed tennis phenom, capturing close-up and slow-motion sequences of McEnroe competing and infamous episodes of his notorious temper.
O-Scope will release the film theatrically in August 2018 at Film Forum in New York City, with a national rollout to follow.
Produced by William Jehannin and Raphaelle Delauche, the film recently enjoyed its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Film Constellation on behalf of the filmmakers. Film Constellation reps international rights.
The acquisition follows a raft of recent news from the indie film producer-distributor launched by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys fame.
Earlier this week, Oscilloscope nabbed the North American rights to director Amy Scott’s documentary, Hal. The feature profiles acclaimed film director and editor Hal Ashby, a director and editor who had a string of Oscar-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There throughout the 1970s. Hal world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
In early March, Oscilloscope Labs acquired the North American rights to Alexandria Bombach’s award-winning documentary On Her Shoulders. The film provides an intimate portrait of Nadia Murad, a young woman who survived the acts of genocide of the Yazidis and sexual slavery committed by ISIS. After giving testimony before the U.N. Security Council, Murad is thrust into the international spotlight while becoming the face of the plight of her people. On Her Shoulders also world premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where it won Bombach the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary.