John McEnroe Documentary Being Served Up For August Release Via Oscilloscope

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, Julien Faraut’s unconventional feature bio-documentary about the iconic tennis star that had its world premiere this year at the Berlin Film Festival. The pic will now hit theaters in August at New York’s Film Forum, followed by a national expansion.
Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, the film mines a store of 16mm-shot footage of McEnroe during one of his French Open runs — the…

Hal Ashby Documentary ‘Hal’ Will Get Theatrical Bow Via Oscilloscope

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Hal, the Amy Scott documentary about iconoclast director Hal Ashby that had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. A theatrical release later this year is planned.
Ashby, whose work especially in the 1970s included Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Coming Home, is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. The docu employs rare archival materials…

Sundance Winner ‘On Her Shoulders’ Lands at Oscilloscope

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Alexandria Bombach’s “On Her Shoulders,” which won the documentary directing award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. “On Her Shoulders” will be presented at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival. Oscilloscope is planning a theatrical release for later in 2018. The film focuses on Nadia Murad, who survived […]

How America’s Love Affair With Cats Made Ceyda Torun’s ‘Kedi’ Doc A Surprise Hit

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Like a cat that sneaks up stealthily behind you, no one saw the success of Kedi coming.
“In the beginning all the festivals that we were applying to were turning us down,” recalls Ceyda Torun, director of the documentary about the felines of Istanbul. “Sales agents were saying, ‘We don’t know how to sell this film.'”
Despite the initially skeptical reception, Kedi would go on to become one of the biggest doc hits of the year, collecting $2.8 million at the box office in…

Oscilloscope Scores ‘Sollers Point’ Ahead Of San Sebastian Premiere

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EXCLUSIVE: Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Sollers Point, the new film from Matthew Porterfield that stars McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi and Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz. A 2018 theatrical release is planned, with the deal sealed before the film has its world premiere next week at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The plot centers on Keith (Lombardi, from American Honey), a 24-year-old newly released from prison and living with his father (Belushi) under house…

‘Beauty And The Dogs’ Acquired By Oscilloscope – Cannes

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Oscilloscope has acquired U.S. rights to Beauty And The Dogs (Aala Kaf Ifrit), the film that’s playing in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. A 2017 release is planned for the pic written and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, about a young Tunisian woman (Mariam Al Ferjani) who is raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her…

Oscilloscope Snags Tribeca Winner ‘Bobbi Jene’ In U.S. Deal – Cannes

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Bobbi Jene, Elvira Lind’s documentary that won a trio of awards at the Tribeca Film Festival this year including Best Documentary. The plan is to release the film in theaters sometime this year.
Autlook Filmsales is repping world sales and is selling now in Cannes. UTA brokered the U.S. deal and reps Lind. The pic also won Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards at Tribeca.
The docu follows American dancer Bobbi…