Real to Reel

The Boy Who Was A King (Bulg-Ger)

Dir Andrey Paounov

The story of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha who became the tsar of Bulgaria at the age of six and returned from exile following the end of communist rule to be elected prime minister.

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Comic-Con: Episode IV — A Fan’s Hope (US)

Dir Morgan Spurlock

Spurlock trains his slyly subversive sights on the ultimate geek convention. The documentarian chews the fat with Comic-Con pilgrims and talks to famous names including Stan Lee, Frank Miller and Joss Whedon.

Sales CAA - (1) 424 288 2000

Dark Girls (US)

Dirs Bill Duke, D Channsin Berry

The film-makers explore why bias over skin colour endures among the African-American community.

Contact UrbanWinter Entertainment - (1) 708 302 0152

The Education of Auma Obama (Ger)

Dir Branwen Okpak

A profile of Auma Obama, Barack Obama’s half-sister, who is mentoring ambitious young people in Kenya so they may contribute to their society.

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Girl Model (US)

Dirs Ashley Sabin, David Redmon

Aspiring Russian models seek fame and fortune at a Japanese agency, only to discover a chaotic system with a dark underbelly.

Sales Dogwoof - (44) 20 7831 7252


Dirs Atia Al Daradji, Mohamed Al Daradji

In My Mother’s Arms follows the struggles of a Baghdad orphanage which is threatened with closure. Produced by Human Film, Iraq Al-Rafidain and Al-Jazeera English, it was backed by the Netherlands Film Fund, Abu Dhabi’s SANAD fund, the Goteborg International Film Festival Fund and San Sebastian Cinema in Motion 6 Fund.

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Into The Abyss (US)

Dir Werner Herzog

Herzog explores how a triple killing in Texas affected the lives of the victims’ families and the accused, one of whom is on Death Row. IFC Films has US rights.

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Last Call At The Oasis (US)

Dir Jessica Yu

Documentary short Oscar winner Yu, whose family comedy Ping Pong Playa debuted in Toronto four years ago, investigates the world’s water crisis.

Sales Submarine - (1) 212 625 1410


Dir Costa Botes

The story of Manitoba-based Brian Ladoon, who devotes his life to preserving the last in a rare breed of Arctic dog. The film was financed by Lone Pine Films and the New Zealand Film Commission.

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The Last Gladiators (US)

Dir Alex Gibney

Gibney’s ice-hockey project follows enforcer Chris ‘Knuckles’ Nilan, his part in the Montreal Canadiens’ success in the 1980s, and life after retirement.

North American sales Submarine - (1) 212 625 1410

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (US)

Dirs Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

The directors of 2003’s Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster spent 18 years following the miscarriage of justice in the high-profile West Memphis Three case. In 1994, three young men were convicted of killing three eight-year-old boys in a satanic ritual. They were freed in August 2011 following new DNA evidence.

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Paul Williams Still Alive (US)

Dir Stephen Kessler

Kessler goes in search of the actor/singer/songwriter who came to fame in the 1970s.

World sales WME - (1) 310 285 9000

Pink Ribbon Inc

Dir Léa Pool

The Swiss-Canadian film-maker whose credits include Emporte-Moi explores the rise of corporate involvement in fund-raising for charities, particular breast cancer, and the impact it is having on research into the disease.

Sales National Film Board of Canada -

Samsara (US)

Dir Ron Fricke

The team behind Baraka return with a sumptuously photographed journey following the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

North American sales ICM - (1) 310 550 4000

Sarah Palin — You Betcha! (UK)

Dirs Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill

Broomfield and Churchill interview the provocative Republican figurehead’s school friends, family and colleagues. Channel 4 has UK TV rights.

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US sales Cassian Elwes

Surviving Progress (Can)

Dirs Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks

Is progress improving our lives or destroying our civilisation? The film-makers take their lead from Ronald Wright’s book A Short History Of Progress to explore the concept of progress, talking to thinkers including Stephen Hawking and Margaret Atwood as well as grassroots social activists.

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Dir Mark Cousins

This 15-hour documentary exploring the history of innovation in cinema was directed by Cousins from his book of the same name. It airs on Channel 4 in the UK from September. Produced by the UK’s Hopscotch Films.

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Undefeated (US)

Dirs Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin

Moving account of an American football coach who steers a high-school team from a deprived part of Memphis to success.

Int’l sales Exclusive Films International - (1) 310 300 9000

US sales The Weinstein Company - (1) 646 862 3400

Urbanized (US-UK)

Dir Gary Hustwit

Hustwit, the director of Helvetica and Objectified, examines how the design of cities affects our lives.

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