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Film Acquisition Rundown: Film Movement Picks Up ‘Apprentice,’ Breaking Glass Goes For ‘Lazy Eye’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.


Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Film Movement has announced its acquisition of Boo Junfeng’s second feature film, “Apprentice,” “about a correctional officer who becomes friends with the chief executioner of a prison and then is tapped to become his trainee.” The film premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and will next make its North American premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema program of the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

“Apprentice” stars Fir Rhaman in his first feature film. In it, he plays “Aiman, a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim (veteran actor Wan Hanafi Su). Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman, and when Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. When Aiman, who lives with his older sister Suhaila, tells her about his new position, she becomes distraught, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?”

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to the film and will open it theatrically in early 2017, followed by a digital and home video release.

– Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Tim Kirkman’s romantic drama “Lazy Eye.” The film premiered at the Provincetown International Film Festival and went on to play OutFest, Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, NewFest, Frameline and many more. The film stars Lucas Near-Verbugghe, Aaron Costa Ganis and Michaela Watkins.

The film follows “Dean, a graphic designer in Los Angeles, [who] notices a sudden change in his vision [when] an ex-love from 15 years earlier contacts him unexpectedly in hopes of rekindling their relationship. When the two meet at a vacation house in the desert near Joshua Tree, passions re-ignite and secrets are revealed that threaten to upend both of their lives. Forty-eight hours later, neither will ever be the same.”

Breaking Glass is planning a theatrical release for November 2016 with a DVD and VOD release soon to follow.

– The Discovery Channel has acquired worldwide television rights to the feature documentary “Huntwatch” narrated by actor Ryan Reynolds and produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The film follows the 50 year history of Canada’s commercial harp seal hunt.”

It will will air in the U.S. on Thursday, September 22 at 10PM ET, immediately following a limited theatrical release by Discovery and Lionsgate, and will debut worldwide later this year. Lionsgate will also distribute the film on home entertainment worldwide.

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