It was announced earlier this week that Arrow Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew’s “The Athlete,” winner of the Lions Award for Best Film in the Bright Future Section at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film tells the true story of Olympic marathon champion Abebe Bikila.
Arrow Entertainment plans to screen the film to buyers for the first time with the European Film Market at the Berlin International Film Festival this week.
Speaking from Rotterdam, Frankel said, “Ras and I are excited to be working with Steve and Arrow; a good group of people who have been as moved, impressed, and inspired by the film as the audiences we have shown it to around the world. Berlin should prove rewarding based on all the interest we have had from distributors.”
Arrow Entertainment’s CEO, Steve Arroyave added, “We are thrilled to be representing such a fantastic film as “The Athlete” and look forward to screening it at EFM and working on an Award campaign for the film later in the year.”