UK sales outfit Impronta Films has secured international rights to Ulises de la Orden’s documentary The Trial, following its world premiere in Forum at the Berlinale.
The film explores the prosecution of Argentina’s military dictatorship leaders that took place in the mid-80s, recently dramatized in Santiago Mitre’s Oscar-nominated Argentina, 1985.
Orden viewed more than 500 hours of courtroom footage of the trial, condensing and structuring the material the make the three-hour documentary.
It is produced by Italy’s La Sarraz Pictures, France’s Les Films d’Ici and Norway’s Dag Hoel Filmproduksjon.
Following its premiere on Sunday (February 19), the doc will screend at New York’s MoMa and upcoming festivals in Norway, Italy and France, according the producers.
“The film gives a heartbreaking insight to a difficult time in Argentinian history when some 30,000 people disappeared,” said Impronta Films head of sales and acquisitions Ana Fernández Saiz. “It serves as testimony to how Argentinians rose to the occasion to bring justice to those who were no longer there – and also to the survivors.”