Strand Releasing announced today it has acquired U.S. Rights to "The Missing Picture," Rithy Panh's documentary that took home the top prize in Cannes' Un Certain Regard program this past May. The company is planning for a spring 2014 release, and hopes to place the film in various festivals this fall.
Told using clay figures, "The Missing Picture" is an autobiographical documentary focusing on the Cambodian genocide between 1975 and 1979. Panh cuts in archival footage and his own voice to help tell his story, though he mainly uses the highly detailed figures to recreate events.
"'The Missing Picture' is a very important film for me," said the director in a statement. "It is the very first time that my own story becomes the subject of my film. Or rather, the story of a thirteen-year-old child, who survived the Red Khmers’ regime. That child lost most of his family and survived in working camps. Today, I am an adult, a filmmaker, and I want to show these four horrible years, and the ones that preceded them – the old world, a world of music, filled with warmth, and family."
The deal was brokered between Nicolas Brigaud-Robert of Films Distribution and Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing. Film Distribution has already sold the film to Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Eire, Japan, Benelux, Canada, Poland, and Hong Kong