Grasshopper Film announced this morning that it has purchased the rights to distribute “The Artefacta” in North America this spring in partnership with Fandor. The film marks Natalie Cristiani’s first feature-length documentary. “The Artefacta” first premiered at Canada’s HotDocs 2015 and was highlighted in the DARE section of the BFI London Film Festival for its controversial person of interest, Nicola Constantino.
The documentary delves into the never-before told story of Constantino’s career and the disturbing inspirations that drew the artist to create works of arts that featured molds of animals and even human skin. The documentary also shines a light on her famous art endeavors, including “Savon de corps,” which was soap made out of her own body fat. Cristiani portrays non-traditional perceptions of beauty and converts audience members into art critics in the process of her film.
“The Artefacta” is the latest documentary to be acquired by up-and-comer Grasshopper Film. Grasshopper’s founder, Ryan Krivoshey, and the Chief Content Officer of Fandor, Brett Walker, negotiated the details of the acquisition alongside members of Cristiani’s production team.
Grasshopper and Fandor have yet to announced a spring day-and-date release date.