UK distributor Dogwoof has acquired Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated (pictured) from A&E IndieFilms.
The London-based outfit has picked up the international rights – excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand – and UK distribution to the film, which received the Directing Award in the U.S. documentary competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. All North American rights for the doc were acquired earlier this month by The Orchard.
Dogwoof is currently presenting the film to buyers at the Berlinale’s European Film Market.
Life, Animated tells the story of Owen Suskind, who, at the age of three, stopped speaking and, due to autism, withdrew into his own world. Through a love of Disney animation, Suskind, son of author Ron Suskind and now a young man, finds meaning in life and a pathway to communicate.
The film, which is expected to screen theatrically across the UK this fall, was produced by Julie Goldman and Williams, with Molly Thompson, Robert DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow and Ron Suskind serving as executive producers.
In other news, Dogwoof has acquired the international rights to Robert Greene‘s Kate Plays Christine, which took home the U.S. documentary Special Jury Award for writing at Sundance. Greene recently spoke with realscreen about “artful non-fiction” ahead of the film’s premiere in Park City.