Los Angeles-based prodco Participant Media and New York-based distributor Magnolia Pictures have picked up the North American rights to Alexander Nanau’s documentary Collective.
Magnolia and Participant are eyeing a spring 2020 theatrical release. Collective (pictured) most recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.
Collective follows a team of investigative journalists at the newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they work to uncover a vast healthcare fraud in Romania.
In 2015, a fire at the Bucharest, Romania club Colectiv left 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon after, more burn victims began dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. After a doctor blows the whistle, the team of journalists reveal the corrupt system that entangles businesses and government.
“Collective is an amazing achievement in investigative filmmaking,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “Alexander Nanau takes us down a wild rabbit hole filled with improbable heroes and institutional villains that should serve as a dire warning to everyone who believes in a civilized society.”
The documentary is produced by Alexander Nanau Production, Samsa Film Luxembourg and HBO Europe.
Nanau serves as producer with Bianca Oana. Hanka Kastelicova is the producer for HBO Europe and Bernard Michaux is producer for Samsa Film Luxembourg. Executive producers are Antony Root and Philippa Kowarsky.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Cinetic Media and Cinephil on behalf of the filmmakers, as well as Danice Woodley, SVP of business and legal affairs at Participant.
Participant and Magnolia have partnered on a number of other documentaries, including the 2018 film RBG and 2008 documentary Food, Inc.