Source: Egil Håskjold Larsen/Sant & Usant


Neon has acquired North American rights to Victor Kossakovsky’s animal rights documentary Gunda, which had its world premiere in the new Encounters section at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. 

Screen revealed last week that passionate animal rights advocate Joaquin Phoenix came onboard as executive producer, describing the project as a “mesmerising perspective on sentience within animal species.”

Gunda, which Kossakovsky also wrote alongside Ainara Vera, is a black and white meditation on the lives of the eponymous sow and other farm animals.

Sant & Usant produced the project, which is a co-production with Louverture Films. Anita Rehoff Larsen produced. Joslyn Barnes and Susan Rockefeller co-produced with Tone Grøttjord-Glenne and Phoenix executive producing.

Kossakovsky’s previous film was Aquarela, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.

Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal for Neon along with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Cinephil is handling international sales.

Neon, fresh from masterminding the Oscar-winning campaign for Parasite, recently acquired worldwide rights to Sundance hit documentary The Painter And The Thief and Elisabeth Moss drama Shirley, which also played in the Encounters strand.