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Zeitgeist Acquires Sundance Doc 'China Heavyweight'

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 4, 2012 at 3:07PM

Zeitgeist Films has acquired US rights to Yung Chang's "China Heavyweight," the documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
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Yung Chang's "China Heavyweight"
Yung Chang's "China Heavyweight"

Zeitgeist Films has acquired US rights to Yung Chang's "China Heavyweight," the documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

The film is Chang's follow-up to the acclaimed "Up The Yangtze," which Zeitgeist also distributed.

A Summer 2012 release in planned.

Full press release below.

Zeitgeist has announced today that they have acquired U. S. rights from EyeSteelFilms to Yung Chang's latest film 'China Heavyweight'.    EyeSteel was also the producer of Yung Chang's 'Up the Yangtze' and Lixin Fan's 'Last Train Home', both of which Zeitgeist distributed in the U. S.    

In southwestern China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic dreams, hoping to become China's next amateur heroes.  Their charismatic coach, Qi Moxiang--with his own dreams of winning back the championship--hopes to show them the way. The top student boxers face dramatic choices as they graduate--should they fight for the collective good as amateurs or for themselves and their own personal gain as professionals? It's a metaphor for the choices that everyone faces now, in the New China.

Zeitgeist co-presidents Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo have "been overwhelmed by the young, brilliant filmmakers who are dedicated to bringing out the complexities of China during this turbulent time.    Yung and Lixin and Eyesteel have been some of the best people we've ever worked with."

Bob Moore at EyeSteelFilm said that  "After the success of 'Last Train Home' and Yung Chang's 'Up the Yangtze', we're extremely pleased to be working with the wonderful team from Zeitgeist films once again."     A Summer 2012 release in planned.

Zeitgeist's most recent film was THE SALT OF LIFE, with Jennifer Baichwal's PAYBACK and Andrey Zvyagintsev's ELENA coming up this Spring.    BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, one of the highest grossing documentaries of the year, and Lynn Hershman Leeson's !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION have recently been released on DVD and Digital.

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