AFM: Film Movement Takes Porn Doc 'The Sarnos'


Film Movement has picked up U.S. rights to The Sarnos – A Life in Dirty Movies, a documentary by Swedish filmmaker Wiktor Ericsson about sexploitation direction Joe Sarnos.

Sarnos was one of the leading figures in the proto-pornographic soft core movement of the 1960s and 1970s, directing adult features such as Sin in the Suburbs (1964) and The Devil's Plaything (1973).

Made in the year before Sarno died in 2010, the documentary follows the 88-year -old director as he struggles to get a new film project off the ground, a female-centered softcore film in his old style. The movie also traces his long, loving relationship with his supportive wife, Peggy.

FILM REVIEW: The Sarnos – A Life in Dirty Movies 

Sweden's The Yellow Affair is handling international sales at AFM.

The deal was struck by Film Movement President Adley Gartenstein and acquisitions and distributions vice president Rebeca Conget and Yellow Affair CEO Miira Paasilinna.

Film Movement plans a limited U.S. theatrical release for Sarnos in Spring 2014, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the Fall.

“We’re extremely selective about the documentaries we take on,” said Conget. “The Sarnos ... is equally touching and enlightening, and a true love story between both a man and a woman, and a man and cinema.”

The Sarnos is the second feature Film Movement has picked up at AFM, after acquiring the U.K. drama Having You starring Romola Garai, Anna Friel and Andrew Buchan from High Point Films.

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