13 Sept, 2016: Jon Nguyen and Olivia Neergaard-Holm’s intimate portrait of David Lynch has found a UK home with Anglo-Canadian distributor Soda Pictures, after premiering at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
Narrated by Lynch himself, the immersive documentary explores the formative years of his life, from his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, as the film recounts, in compelling detail, the events that helped shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic and revered directors. Infusing Lynch’s own art, music and films, while shining a light into his unique world, the documentary, slated for a substantial theatrical release in spring 2017, will offer audiences a greater understanding of the man and the artist. Before it’s UK theatrical release next year, the film will receive it’s UK premiere at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, as part of the Documentary Competition section.
The deal was negotiated between Edward Fletcher, Managing Director of Soda Pictures, and Film Constellation Ltd Founder and CEO, Fabien Westerhoff. “The film celebrates the creativity behind the cinema we all love, through the life of one of its most remarkable directors.” Says Fletcher.
“We’re hugely excited to be working on this wonderful documentary, and are looking forward to a significant theatrical release next spring; cinema audiences are in for a treat.”
In the USA, Film Constellation has licensed the film to Amazon and Janus Films for a spring 2017 theatrical release. In Europe, distribution rights were licensed to NFP in Germany, Potemkin Films in France, Vertigo in Spain, Wanted Cinema in Italy, Angel Films in Scandinavia, Midas Films in Portugal and Fabula in Turkey, while Canada, Australia and Japan are currently in negotiation, among other territories.
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About Soda Pictures
Soda Pictures is a London-based all-rights film distribution company, with a division in Canada, specialising in arthouse, independent and world cinema. Established in 2002 by Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, the company releases 25+ films a year and has a library of over 300 titles. They have released such groundbreaking films as Fatih Akin’s Head-On, Tran Ahn Hung’s Norwegian Wood, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy, Meek’s Cutoff and Night Moves, Christian Petzold’s Barbara and Phoenix both starring Nina Hoss, from Saudi Arabia Wadjda, Brazilian award-winner The Second Mother, Icelandic breakout hit Rams, French thriller Disorder starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger and the Oscar nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier, as well as on the Canadian side Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and the Western Slow West starring Michael Fassbender.
They also have a partnership with Miramax Films under which they are releasing The Ninth Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan and Southside with You based on the Obama’s first date in 1989.
Upcoming they have Sundance selection Lovers and the Despot and the critically acclaimed Cannes competitors Paterson and Toni Erdmann. Soda Pictures is part of the Thunderbird Films Group, a film and television production company based in Vancouver with additional offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, who are behind the Netflix Original Series Beat Bugs and Executive Producers of the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
About Film Constellation:
Based in London and founded in 2016 by international film executive Fabien Westerhoff, Film Constellation offers bespoke international financing & worldwide licensing services. Built upon a track record for growing award winning filmmaker brands, it is a destination of expression for trusted filmmakers and emerging new talent, embracing new distribution channels, globally.
Film Constellation’s current slate includes Finnish horror LAKE BODOM that recently scored No. 1 at the box office in its home territory the first weekend of it’s release (August 19th 2016); British drama CROSS MY MIND starring Sally Hawkins and Jack Lowden (currently in pre-production) and Sundance urban crime thriller THE LAND – featuring an original hip-hop soundtrack which was recently released globally on NAS’ Mass Appeal label.