Magazine article Screen International

Sundance: SPC, Magnolia First out of the Gate

Magazine article Screen International

Sundance: SPC, Magnolia First out of the Gate

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Submarine has completed a rare two-for-two, selling its first pair of Sundance screenings as it emerged on Friday (20) that Magnolia had paid low-to-mid six figures for North American rights excluding TV to The Queen Of Versailles.

Earlier in the day SPC confirmed it had paid mid-six figures for North American rights to Searching For Sugar Man. Both this film and Queen were two of the four opening night films on Thursday and Submarine's Josh Braun and his team were locked in negotiations into the small hours of Friday. Braun is now entertaining offers to remake both films.

Malik Bendjelloul's directorial debut Searching For Sugar Man screens in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and follows two South African fans who track down Rodriguez, a 1970s underground music icon.

Simon Chinn of Red Box Films produced and John Battsek of Passion Pictures served as executive producer in association with Canfield Pictures and The Documentary Company. SPC brokered the deal with Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine. …

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