Simply (and cheekily) titled “Weiner,” it will take part in the festival’s U.S. documentary competition. Set in 2013, the film captures the former politician’s attempt to make a comeback by running for NYC mayor after a sexting scandal led him to resign from Congress. The planned return to grace, however, was foiled by more allegations of misconduct. The filmmakers reportedly enjoyed considerable access to their subject.
“Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg have expertly crafted one of the most fascinating and insightful political documentaries of all time,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects. “We are beyond excited for audiences to witness not only the unprecedented access they had to Anthony Weiner’s campaign, but also the human tragedy it became.”
“Weiner” will be released in theaters on May 20 and enjoy a run on Showtime thereafter.