The Sundance Film Festival may be over, but that’s not stopping the Sundance deals from continuing. The latest purchase comes from Sony Pictures Classics, who have landed North American distribution to the young adult documentary “The Eagle Huntress.” The title premiered to vast acclaim in the Sundance Kids section on January 24, inspiring a bidding war where SPC came out on top of other distributors like The Weinstein Company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal was estimated around $2 million.
“The Eagle Huntress” centers around a young girl who lives in the mountains of northwestern Mongolia. She learns the skills of falconry, which range from taming her own eagle to training for an annual competition, and competes against 70 eagle hunters on her mission to win acceptance in a male-dominated field.
“This is a spectacular, one of a kind movie,” said said Sony Pictures Classics in an official statement. “This young girl’s true story about her amazing skills with eagles is told in a fresh and exciting way. It will inspire audiences of all ages.”
The documentary earned some buzz before its premiere when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout Daisy Ridley came on board as executive producer. The actress will provide narration for the domestic release. Documentarian Morgan Spurlock is also credited as an executive producer.