Wellspring hasacquired worldwide rights to Jessica Yu's Oscar shortlisted documentary InThe Realms Of The Unreal: The Mystery Of Henry Darger.

The picture, which premiered at Sundance earlier thisyear, will open at New York City's Film Forum and San Francisco's CastroTheatre on Dec 22. It centres on the renowned artist who is widely regarded asthe greatest self-taught artist of the 20th century and spent his adult lifeworking as a janitor.

Susan Westandproduced the picture and Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine provide narration. Inthe Realms of the Unrealis produced by Diorama Films for the Independent Television Service withfunding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Wellspring'shead of acquisitions Marie Therese Guirgis negotiated the deal with Josh Braunof Submarine Entertainment and attorney Paul Brennan of Sloss Law Office onbehalf of the filmmakers.

"Jesssica Yu isone of the most sophisticated and visionary filmmakers working today and hereshe has made a landmark contribution to the documentary form," Guirgis said ina statement.

"She achievedthe near impossible in bringing to life the strange world and genius of one ofour country's fascinating artists."