TIFF: Film Movement Nabs Roberto Minervini’s Docu-Fiction Hybrid 'The Other Side' (Exclusive)

The film, an Italian-French co-production, profiles Louisiana drug addicts and private militia living on the fringes of society.

New York-based Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Roberto Minervini’s docu-fiction hybrid The Other Side.

The art house distributor picked up the film, which made its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival’s Wavelengths program on Thursday, from sales company Doc & Film International. Film Movement plans to release the film in 2016.

The film, an Italian-French co-production, profiles Louisiana drug addicts and private militia living on the fringes of society. Minervini's previous three films are dubbed the “Texas Trilogy” and tackle life in the American South (2011's Low Tide, 2012's The Passage and 2013's Stop the Pounding Heart).

The Other Side premiered in May in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

Doc & Film's Daniela Elstner negotiated the deal with Film Movement's Michael E. Rosenberg.

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Film Movement with this exciting film,” Elstner said. “We are very confident in Film Movement's dedication to bringing this film to American audiences in the best way. All producers, Agat Films & Cie in France and Okta Film in Italy, will be following the U.S. release very closely.”

Launched in 2002, Film Movement's recent acquisitions include Randall Wright’s feature documentary Hockney, Zachary Treitz’s Men Go to Battle, Matt Sobel’s Take Me to the River and Shim Sung-bo’s Sea Fog (Haemoo).

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