If two is a trend, 2016 is the year of fascinating documentaries about some of the planet’s most misunderstood vermin: Rats. Between Morgan Spurlock’s aptly named “Rats” and Theo Anthony’s debut feature “Rat Film,” the world is suddenly privy to some shocking new revelations about the long-tailed beasties. Spurlock’s doc has been available since September, but Anthony’s Locarno-premiering doc has been looking for a home since it bowed earlier this year. It’s got one now — plus an enthralling new teaser trailer to go right alongside it.
IndieWire can exclusively announced that Cinema Guild has picked up the film, and already has plans in the works to unveil the doc for its U.S. premiere at a major film festival this spring. Cinema Guild will bring the film to theaters across North America in partnership with the filmmakers and is planning to release “Rat Film” digitally and on the non-theatrical market in 2017.
“We can’t wait for audiences to discover and be mesmerized by ‘Rat Film.’ The buzz out of Locarno was very strong and ‘Rat Film’ exceeded our expectations. Theo has crafted a unique and ravishingly audacious work that constantly amazes,” commented Blandine Mercier-McGovern of Cinema Guild.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “Neither walls, fences, nor alleys, separate us from these pests who make their homes in and amidst our boundaries. ‘Rat Film’ is a dazzling new documentary work that uses the rat — as well as the humans who love them, live with them, and kill them — to explore the history of the city of Baltimore. As ‘Rat Film’ demonstrates using a unique blend of poetry and analysis and even a dash of sci-fi, there’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.”
“The films of Cinema Guild read like a syllabus for the filmmaker I am today. I couldn’t be more honored to partner with them on my first feature and join this incredible legacy of challenging, immediate, and always-relevant films,” added Theo Anthony.
Check out our exclusive teaser trailer for “Rat Film” below.