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London-based distributor Revolver has bought U.K. rights to “Big River Man,” an independent documentary about an attempted solo swim the length of the Amazon River.
Directed by American John Maringouin, “Big River” tells the story of Slovenian endurance athlete Martin Strel, who in February waded into the piranha-infested waters of the world’s wildest river saying that he’d swim all of its 3,393 environmentally endangered miles.
“I saw the film at Toronto and have never been so convinced of the commercial potential of a documentary,” said Samantha Horley, managing director of worldwide rights-handler Lumina, which put up finishing money for the film. “It’s more eccentric than ‘Grizzly Man’ and more human than ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ ”
Said producer Molly Hassell of Strel, “He drank wine all the way.”
Hassell’s Los Angeles-based company Mollywood bought the remake rights this year to Hong Kong director Johnnie To’s “Exiled” with producer Samuel Hadida.
Maringouin’s 2006 docu “Running Stumbled” chronicled a family feud with his shut-in parents in New Orleans.
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