UK distributor Dogwoof has been on the prowl for feature-docs at this week’s IDFA.
As the festival reaches its final weeked, the British buyer has confirmed acquisitions of three titles.
The new buys are spearheaded by Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer, sold by Ro’Co Films International. Gibney’s film chronicles the political career of Spitzer, former Governor of New York State, which collapsed in spectacular fashion after he was caught out as a client at a high-class escort agency.
“We are very, very excited to be working on an Alex Gibney film for the first time. We’re obviously big admirers of his work in the world of documentary,” Dogwoof’s Oli Harbottle said of the pick-up.
Dogwoof has all rights except TV which have already gone to the BBC. The film will be given a theatrical release in the UK next year.
Dogwoof has also snappedtheatrical and DVD rights to Laura Poiutras’ The Oath, the film about Osama Bin Laden’s former bodyguard Abu Jandal from Catherine Le Clef’s Cat & Docs.
The third of the new buys is Blood In The Mobile from Frank Piasecki Poulsen. This film delves into the murky business of minerals from the war-torn Congo being used in the making of mobile phones.
World sales were handled by DR International Sales.
“(Blood In The Mobile) is very much in line with a lot of the other campaigning docs that we’ve released. We’ll look to give that a good theatrical release and create a lot of media attention around the issue, probably in the spring of 2011,” Harbottle added.