Berlin: Sundance Selects Takes Documentary 'That Summer' for U.S.

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'That Summer'

The pick-up of Swedish director Goran Hugo Olsson's Telluride title comes before an international premiere in Berlin's Panorama section on Friday night.

Sundance Selects has nabbed U.S. rights to Goran Hugo Olsson’s documentary That Summer, about a 1972 film project that artist Peter Beard completed with Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and sister-in-law of John F. Kennedy, about her relatives.

The film premiered at Telluride and will have its international premiere as part of the Panorama section at the Berlinale on Friday night. Sundance Selects is targeting a spring release.

Using long-lost footage from the scrapped documentary project that led to the film Grey Gardens, Radziwill helps her reclusive relatives bring their decaying mansion up to code in the documentary. The home in East Hampton became known as Grey Gardens, a name which entered the modern lexicon after the house became the subject first of a 1975 documentary and later of a Broadway musical and HBO Film.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects, said "this is a gift to film lovers of the world, especially those of Grey Gardens. It’s also an amazing look at a lost time that only Göran Olsson could have put together."

Dogwoof is selling international rights. That Summer is produced by Joslyn Barnes for Louverture Films, Tobias Janson for Story, Nejma Beard for Thunderbolt Ranch Productions and Signe Byrge Sorensen for Final Cut for Real.

Peter Beard, Andrea Barron, Susan Rockefeller, Danny Glover, and Tony Tabatznik for Bertha Foundation serve as executive producers.

Sundance Selects released an earlier Olsson film, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, in 2011. The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Cinetic acting for the filmmakers.

IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight Selects and is owned and operated by AMC Networks.