MTV Documentary Films has acquired the North American rights to Hao Wu’s 76 Days, a look at the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, out of the Indiana-based Heartland International Film Festival.
Directed by Wu and China-based journalists Weixi Chen and “Anonymous,” the 93-minute documentary (pictured) premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
MTV Documentary Films will qualify the film for awards consideration. 76 Days will also be featured as the opening night presentation at Double Exposure Film Festival and AFI Fest.
Filmed in four Wuhan hospitals, the documentary tells human stories at the frontlines of the novel coronavirus pandemic – a woman begging in vain to bid a final farewell to her father, a grandfather with dementia searching for his way home, a couple anxious to meet their newborn and a nurse determined to return personal items to families of the deceased.
76 Days was produced by Wu and Jean Tsien. Executive producers are Bryn Mooser, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Naja Pham Lockwood, Jamie Chen and Roberto Grande.
“Liza Burnett Fefferman and I were left awestruck by 76 Days and the extraordinary filmmaking at play,” Nina L. Diaz, president of content and chief creative officer at ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Brands, said in a statement. “[Sheila Nevins'] curation is unparalleled and we feel privileged to bring this deftly constructed and harrowing story of those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan during the first days of the outbreak to audiences everywhere.”