Cannes: Nas Music Documentary Sells Wide


"Time is Illmatic," from multimedia artist One9, has sold to Japan, Australia and across Europe.

Time is Illmatic, a music documentary on the seminal New York rapper Nas, has been a hot seller at the Cannes film market, with sales group Submarine closing deals for most of Europe along with Japan and Australia.

Tribeca Film Enterprises recently picked up the doc — directed and produced by multimedia artist One9 — for North America.

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The film follows the creation and release of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, considered by some to be the most important and influential hip-hop record of all time.

The deals, negotiated by David Koh, Dan Braun and Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers, include NFP Films for Germany, NonStop Entertainment for Scandinavia, Madman Entertainment for Australia/New Zealand, Dogwoof for the U.K., Feltrinelli for Italy, and Parco for Japan.