Exclusive: Cinephil acquires “Monsoon,” “National Diploma”

The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to five feature docs, including recent TIFF titles Monsoon (pictured) and National Diploma, and the Sochi Olympics film To Russia With Love.
October 9, 2014

Distributor Cinephil has acquired the global rights to five feature documentaries, including recent TIFF titles Monsoon (pictured) and National Diploma, as well as the Sochi Olympics film To Russia With Love, realscreen can reveal.

Produced by Sundance Productions, To Russia With Love is director Noam Gonick’s look at gay athletes torn between competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics or withdrawing to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The doc, which features medalist Johnny Weir, Billie Jean King, Greg Louganis and Martina Navratilova among others, will premiere on U.S. cable net EPIX on October 29.

The Israeli distributor also picked up two docs that screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival: Sturla Gunnarsson’s cinematic look at weather Monsoon, which is co-distributed by Point du Jour International; and Dieudo Hamadi’s National Diploma, about Congolese high school students attempting to write final exams.

The latter film won the Jury Prize at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur this week.

The remaining two titles are Invasion, director Abner Benaim’s documentary about the American military siege that led to the ouster of Panamanian dictator Manual Noriega in 1989; and War of Lies, German director Matthias Bittner’s portrait of an Iraqi refugee whose information about weapons of mass destruction was used by Western governments as a pretext for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The latter film has yet to have its festival debut.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.