Weinstein Co., IFC using 'Restraint'

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NEW YORK -- IFC Entertainment and the Weinstein Co. have co-acquired North American rights to the artist documentary "Matthew Barney: No Restraint," featuring Bjork and about 40,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, for IFC's First Take program.

Producer-director Alison Chernick's feature follows Barney and wife Bjork to Japan, chronicling their collaboration on the 2005 art film "Drawing Restraint 9." During the six-month project, shot on a whaling vessel near Nagasaki, Barney attempts to create a "narrative sculpture" conveying the story of two land mammals who turn into whales.

Chernick examines the soundscape created by Bjork, the artists' culture clash with local crew members and the method behind the madness of Barney's "Cremaster" films. Fashion designer agnes b. served as executive producer.

"No Restraint" premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. It will be released Dec. 20 at New York's IFC Center and on video-on-demand.

Chernick last directed another artist docu, "The Jeff Koons Show," for television in 2004.

The deal was negotiated by Genna Terranova and Eileen Rodriguez for the Weinstein Co. and by Liz Nastro and Ryan Werner for IFC. Cinetic Media represented the filmmakers in the sale.
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