Sundance ’13: Sales for “Dayani Cristal,” “Narco Cultura”

Docs continue to sell at Sundance, with deals penned for competition titles Who Is Dayani Cristal? (pictured) and Narco Cultura, and further sales for Twenty Feet from Stardom.
January 22, 2013

Docs continue to sell at Sundance, with deals penned for competition titles Who Is Dayani Cristal? (pictured) and Narco Cultura, and further sales for Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Mundial, a recently unveiled international sales joint venture from film financing and sales company IM Global and Latin American producer-distributor Canana, has acquired international rights to the opening day World Cinema Documentary competition title Who Is Dayani Cristal?.

The doc is directed by Marc Silver and produced by Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, and Gael García Bernal, the latter of whom also stars in the film. It investigates the life of an immigrant who died attempting to cross the Mexico/U.S. border, and the discovery of his decomposing body in the Sonora desert in Arizona.

The deal was brokered by Mundial VP Cristina Garza, along with Stuart Ford, Jonathan Deckter and Ben Rekhi of IM Global; and producers Benski, Ochoa and Sam Sniderman of Pulse Films. Submarine’s Josh Braun is handling U.S. rights for the doc.

Elsewhere, K5 International has picked up international sales rights for Shaul Schwarz’s Mexican drug war doc Narco Cultura. The four-years-in-the-making film looks at the effects drug trafficking has brought to Mexico, as well as the effects of America’s ongoing drugs war.

In addition, opening day U.S. competition doc Twenty Feet from Stardom has scored additional sales. RADiUS-TWC picked up North American rights to Morgan Neville’s doc at the start of Sundance, and now Elle Driver/Wild Bunch has picked up all foreign rights to the film.

David Koh and Josh Braun of Submarine negotiated the deal on behalf of Neville and the filmmaking team, while Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Agnes Mentre negotiated on behalf of Elle Driver.

In a statement, Neville said: “We are thrilled to be working with Elle Driver. We feel these stories need to be shared with audiences around the world so everyone can fall in love with these amazing singers and it will be exciting and look forward to collaborating with Elle Driver on the international launch.”

Fontan Tessaur and Mentre added: “We could not feel more strongly about how much we loved this film and how excited we are to show the stories of these incredible women to the world.”

Finally, Gravitas Ventures – which last week acquired VoD rights to Dave Grohl’s doc Sound City – announced that it has acquired two documentaries playing at Slamdance, which takes place in Utah at the same time as Sundance.

Steven Feinartz’s documentary The Bitter Buddha and Peter Baxter’s documentary Wild in the Streets will be released on VoD in North America within the next three months.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.