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iW NEWS | THINKFilm Makes Theatrical & Home Video Deal for “Roman Polanski” Doc

iW NEWS | THINKFilm Makes Theatrical & Home Video Deal for "Roman Polanski" Doc

U.S. theatrical and home video rights to Sundance ’08 doc “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” have been acquired by THINKFilm from HBO, which acquired the title at the festival in January. “Polanski” will have its international premiere at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. HBO will air the film on June 9th, and THINK will launch a theatrical roll out beginning July 11 in New York. Directed by Marina Zenovich, the film spotlights the the public scandal and private tragedy that drove the legendary director from the United States more than 30 years ago. “Marina’s film is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in years,” commented Urman in a statement. “It is as compulsively enjoyable as the juiciest tabloid yet it also serves as a stunning indictment of our tabloid-crazed culture. Buoyed by HBO’s terrific promotional support, the film should have enormous want-to-see, and exhibitor interest in the film couldn’t be higher.” The deal, which was jointly announced by THINKFilm president Mark Urman and Sheila Nevins, president, HBO Documentary Films, and is the latest collaboration between the two companies, whose series of partnerships has included recent Oscar-winner, “Taxi to the Dark Side..” Last month, reported on the film’s brief Oscar-qualifying run, which indieWIRE. [Brian Brooks]

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