Zeitgeist Films has acquired all North American Rights from The Film Sales Company to Chris & Don. A Love Story from first-time directors Guido Santi and Tina Mascara.

Produced by Mascara and Santi with Julia Scott and James White, the film charts the 30-year love affair between the iconic literary figure Christopher Isherwood and contemporary painter Don Bachardy. It premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year and screened at the AFI Film Festival in November.

Zeitgeist plans a summer theatrical release starting in New York and Los Angeles to qualify it for Academy Award consideration and will then expand into multiple national markets.

The Film Sales Company chief and executive producer Andrew Herwitz negotiated the deal with Russo, Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman and attorney Robert Marcus on behalf of the distributor.

The Film Sales Company is handling international sales.