Distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary Elián ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
With this agreement, Gravitas has secured the theatrical, digital and video rights to the doc based on the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy rescued from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. The debate over his future stocked simmering post-Cold War U.S. and Cuban tensions.
The feature includes personal testimony, candid interviews and archival news footage to present an account of González’s life — including the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and Miami-based relatives — and the political battles around the event. With unprecedented access, directors Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell refresh this story with González, now a 23-year-old man.
“Many of us remember how our country was captivated by the story of Elián Gonzalez,” said Gallagher, in a statement. “We know audiences will find it extraordinarily timely to today’s political climate.”
CNN Films Amy Entelis is executive producer and Courtney Sexton is supervising producer for Elián. In addition to being a co-production partner for Elián, CNN Films will be the worldwide broadcast and mobile premiere presenter and is the exclusive presenter for U.S. television. The network also holds rights to broadcast the film in Canada.
Streaming platform Amazon Prime Video will be the exclusive home for Elián in the U.S.
Elián is slated for theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19, 2017.