Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up 'Gatekeepers'

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Specialty label acquires all North American rights to Israeli documentary.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all North American rights to Dror Moreh's documentary The Gatekeepers.

The film, a co-production between DMP Les Films du Poisson and Cinephil, is produced by Moreh, Estelle Fialon and Philippa Kowarsky. Gatekeepers recently premiered at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. The documentary features unprecedented interviews with six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, who share reflect on their actions and decisions on security matters that span from the end of the Since the Six Day War in 1967 to the present, shedding light on the controversy surrounding the Israeli Occupation in the aftermath of the war.

The specialty label, headed by Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, said the film gives "fresh and revealing insight into one of the major issues of our time."

Moreh added, "I was startled but thrilled when six former heads of the Shin Bet agreed to discuss their careers openly on camera for the very first time. This gave me a unique and intimate opportunity to enter the inner sanctum of Israel’s security decision-makers for almost half a century."

The deal was negotiated with Sony Pictures Classics by Kowarsky, on behalf of Cinephil Sales.