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Topic acquires U.S. and Canadian TVOD rights to “The Jump”

Topic, the First Look Media-owned streaming service, has acquired the U.S. and Canadian TVOD rights to Giedrė Žickytė’s documentary The Jump for release on March 1, with an SVOD release ...
December 13, 2021

Topic, the First Look Media-owned streaming service, has acquired the U.S. and Canadian TVOD rights to Giedrė Žickytė’s documentary The Jump for release on March 1, with an SVOD release scheduled for summer 2022.

The Jump is a Lithuanian documentary that’s eligible for best documentary feature at the 2022 Academy Awards, and is currently campaigning for the award’s shortlist. It premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival where it was named best documentary.

The film tells the story of Lithuanian sailor Simas Kudirka, who defected by jumping off of a Soviet vessel aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter and asking for asylum. The film uses eye-witness reports, archival footage and a conversation with Kudirka himself, to cover what happened after his jump, including his trial by the Soviets for treason and protests calling for his freedom.

The documentary feature is a coproduction of Moonmakers, VFS Films, Faites Un Voeu, in association with Naked Edge Films. MetFilm is handling international sales.

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