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Documentary premiered at this year’s True/False Film Festival.
Mongrel is selling international rights to the Court 13 and Department of Motion Pictures production funded by Cinereach.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers that engulfs the town for ten days.
Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own displays, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions.
More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake.
Jakovleski said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Oscilloscope as a partner. Their passion for cinema as a big screen experience is evident in their »
26 May 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Oscilloscope has picked up North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory, a documentary about the annual fireworks displays at the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. The distributor is planning a theatrical release later this year for the film that premiered at this year’s True/False Film Festival.
The film was produced by Dan Janvey, Elizabeth Lodge Stepp, Kellen Quinn, Affonso Goncalves, Benh Zeitlin, Casey Coleman, Antonio 'Tonitzin' Gomez, Jakovleski and Erdem Karahan. It was funded by Cinereach and is a Court 13 and Department of Motion Pictures production. The film was edited by Goncalves and scored by Dan »
- Gregg Kilday
The film focuses on the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, a 10-day celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics.
Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger said, “‘Brimstone & Glory’ is not just an epic feast for the eyes and the ears (though it is that), it’s a brilliant display of portraiture. It introduces us to people and a community — intimately, intensely, and beautifully – and sets the stage for a long career for Viktor. I have no doubt this is just the beginning.”
- Dave McNary
A bidding war that lasted all night ended with Fox Searchlight Pictures winning the rights to “Patti Cake$” for around $10.5 million, Deadline reports. Lionsgate and Neon were also reportedly in the hunt for the Sundance Film Festival entry, which received two huge standing ovations, and another for breakout Australian actress Danielle Macdonald following its premiere on Monday.
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The debut from writer-director Geremy Jasper, “Patti Cake$” stars Macdonald as Patricia Dombrowski, also known as Killa P and Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper in New Jersey. In his review, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called the film the “best hip-hop movie since ‘Hustle & Flow.'” The film co-stars Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, and Cathy Moriarty.
- Graham Winfrey
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