By Brian Brooks | Indiewire April 1, 2010 at 7:58AM
Arthouse has secured a deal for U.S. rights to Lucy Walker's doc "Waste Land," winner of audience awards at both the 2010 Sundance and Berlin film festivals.
"Waste Land" follows world-renowned Brazilian artist Vik Muniz through an emotional journey in the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro - in a place called Jardim Gramacho. Over three years, Muniz photographed people who inhabited the trash city and the art objects they created out of the trash. Muniz sold these photos at auction to help raise money for the people of Jardim Gramacho. The film not only shows the transformative power of art, but also the triumph of the human spirit.
David Koh, Lilly Bright, and Stanley Buchthal of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment negotiated the pact with Charlotte Mickie of E1 Entertainment and Angus Aynsley of Almega Projects on behalf of the producers. Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release later this year followed by a DVD and digital release on the Arthouse Films label in early 2011.
"This film is so powerful and shows the power of art to transform and to change and touch people's lives. We see people at the end of the road who are recycled themselves and given a new beginning. We are very honored to be a part of the release of this very special film," commented Koh, Bright and Buchtal in a statement. Added Lucy Walker, "The audience response to 'Waste Land' is truly a phenomenon, from the off-the-charts heartfelt individual positive feedback after every screening, to making history by winning the Audience Awards at both Sundance and Berlin, its first two festivals, we know we have a very, very special movie to release...So we couldn't be happier than to be partnering our genius team with the genius team of Arthouse in order to best connect the movie with the audiences who we know will love it so much."
E1 Entertainment holds the international rights and is managing worldwide sales which to date include Australia (Hopscotch), Hagi Film (Poland) and Midas Filmes (Portugal). E1 Entertainment will also distribute the movie in Canada and the UK. Downtown Filmes is the Brazilian distributor.