Welcome to Chechnya

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‘Welcome to Chechnya’

Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment has acquired 10 new documentaries for digital and theatrical release.

Given the ongoing situation with closed cinemas due to the coronavirus outbreak, NonStop will evaluate release plans for each film in Scandinavia and the Baltics at a later date. The company’s documentary acquisitions include six films that played at Sundance.

They are:  
Welcome to Chechnya, David France’s look at LGBT refugees from the Russian republic, acquired from Submarine;
Assassins, Ryan White’s story of how two women were duped into killing Kim Jong-nam, cquired from Magnolia Pictures International;
Richard Poplak and Diana Neille’s Influence, about notorious spin doctor Tim Bell, of Bell Pottinger, acquired from Cinetic;
Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent, about a man who infiltrates a retirement home to uncover suspected mistreatment, acquired from Dogwoof;
Arthur Jones’ Feels Good Man, about artist Matt Furie and the creation of meme Pepe the Frog, acquired from Visit Films;
Alexandre O. Philippe’s Leap of Faith: William Friedkin On The Exorcist. The film, sold by SC Films, premiered at Venice and also played Sundance.

The further four acquisitions aere  D.W. Young’s The Booksellers, about the rare book world, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and is sold by Magnolia; Daniel Roher’s Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band, which opened Toronto last year and was also acquired from Magnolia; Rubika Shah’s White Riot, about how punk influenced politics in 1970s Britain, which screened at the BFI London Film Festival and the Berlinale and is sold by Visit Films; and  The United Way, which is still in production for delivery in autumn 2020. It is about football team Manchester United, narrated by former player Eric Cantona. Embankment handles sales.

NonStop CEO Jakob Abrahamsson said: “These are strange times and while most cinemas are closed the appetite for great documentaries is as big as ever. Having picked up the cream of the crop out of Sundance, Berlin and CPH:DOX, we’re looking at our most thrilling doc season ever.”