HBO nabs rights to 'Sins of My Father'

Doc centering on Pablo Escobar to compete at Sundance

HBO has picked up the U.S. TV rights to the feature documentary "Sins of My Father," an official selection in the World Documentary competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

It is slated to premiere on the pay cable network this year, possibly in the fall.

"Sins," directed and produced by New York-based Argentinean filmmaker Nicolas Entel, tells the inside story of Pablo Escobar, the most notorious drug lord in Colombian history, through the eyes of his son, Sebastian Marroquin, who changed his name and fled Colombia after his father's death.

The documentary features interviews with Marroquin and his mother, Maria Victoria, as well as never before seen pictures and home movies from the Escobar archive. It also has Marroquin meeting the sons of prominent political figures, including Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento, killed by Escobar and his men 20 years ago.

"Sins" took four years to make, said Entel, who came to the U.S. in 2001 after graduating from Argentina's top film school.

"I don't remember the person I was when I started," Entel quipped.

It took him six months to persuade Marroquin, who had turned down about 50 other movie offers, to participate. "He even made me write an essay about why I wanted to do this film," Entel said.

"Sins" was brought to HBO before its Sundance selection by producer Alan Hayling, who executive produced the documentary with Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Tabitha Jackson, Carolina Angarita, Julian Giraldo, Michaela Giorelli and Angela Sondon.

"It was a fascinating and close look at the heart of what (Escobar) was about," HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins said.

Entel produced the film with his brother, Ivan Entel, through Red Creek Prods. Arie Kowler served as co-producer.
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