Film Backed by Leonsis to Hit Theaters Dec. 12
HBO Documentary Films and THINKFilm will distribute the documentary "Nanking" in U.S. theaters beginning Dec. 12 this year, according to an announcement by HBO today. The film will appear on HBO after its public run.
Nanking, produced by AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was featured at the 2007 Silverdocs Festival in Silver Spring in June. The film was chosen for Docweek in Los Angeles, which opens Thursday.
"HBO is the perfect venue for this important film and they will market it with the respect and dignity it deserves," Leonsis said in an e-mail today. "They are the high-class venue for documentary films and they reach the broadest and highest quality of audiences."
Leonsis would not disclose the rights fee for the film.
Nanking, which is directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a safety zone where more than 200,000 Chinese found refuge.
The film won the documentary editing award at Sundance Film Festival and the Humanitarian Award at Hong Kong Film Festival. It opened in China in July and became the highest-grossing documentary film in China's history, according to the release by HBO and THINKFilm.
HBO has previously collaborated with THINKFilm on such theatrical releases as the "Born Into Brothels," which won an Academy Award, and "Spellbound," which was nominated for an Academy Award.
-- Thomas Heath
August 15, 2007; 5:11 PM ET
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