New York-based film distributor Film Movement has bolstered its programming lineup with the acquisition of a package of feature-length documentaries.
Anchoring the portfolio of films is Dutch filmmaker Paul Hegeman’s That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt, which paints an intimate portrait of celebrated Estonian composer and recluse Arvo Pärt as he collaborates with the Cello Octet Amsterdam. Film Movement has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights for the documentary from Paul Hegeman Productions.
Director James Erskine’s The Ice King, meanwhile, chronicles the life of British Olympic gold medal figure skater, John Curry, who became the first openly gay Olympian when he came out on the night of his Olympic win in 1976. The film played at such festivals as CPH:DOX, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and DOC NYC, among others. Ana Vicente negotiated the deal for all U.S. rights on behalf of Dogwoof.
Elsewhere, José Luis López Linares’ Bosch: The Garden of Dreams (pictured) searches to answer questions about the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and his work “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, as well as its lasting impact on artists around the world. The film includes exclusive access granted by the Prado Museum to X-rays and scans of the famous triptych as well as elements of its restoration. Film Movement took the rights for The Garden of Dreams from Latido Films.
Wrapping up Film Movement’s doc acquisitions is Daniel Krikke’s Scared of Revolution. The film paints an intimate portrait of Umar Bin Hassan, one of the members of The Last Poets, a group of progressive performance poets in the late 1960s. Film Movement has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights for the film.
Film Movement is planning limited theatrical releases for the feature docs in 2019, in addition to home entertainment and digital platform releases.
“In 2018, we had success with several theatrical documentaries, and we’re looking to build on that success with the continued acquisition of compelling and award-winning docs from around the world,” said Film Movement president Michael Rosenberg in a statement. “Each of these documentaries sheds new light on fascinating subjects, and adds to our growing catalog of entertaining and educational documentary feature films.”
Over the past five years, Film Movement has expanded its documentary catalog from six titles to more than 80. Current stable of titles include the South Korean documentary My Love Don’t Cross That River; music docs I Am the Blues, The Paris Opera and Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents; and Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side.