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Sundance Selects Acquires North American Rights to Festival Doc 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'

The IFC Films sister division plans a summer theatrical release to coincide with Weiwei's first trip outside of China since his detention.

Political Protest

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. The IFC Films sister division plans a summer theatrical release to coincide with Weiwei's first trip outside of China since his detention.

Weiwei is an international Chinese artist and outspoken critic in his home country who incurred the wrath of the Chinese government, which beat him, destroyed his studio and secretly imprisoned him. Klayman's film shows how the famous dissident provoked through social media, art and politics.

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"Alison Klayman has delivered a major achievement in documentary filmmaking with this story about the importance of Ai Weiwei in his fight with the Chinese government for greater transparency and basic human rights," said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. "In giving Ai Weiwei a voice, she uncovers that he is a natural born star and one of the most charismatic and fascinating subjects to appear in modern documentary filmmaking."

Klayman also produced the film with Adam SchlesingerKarl KatzJulie Goldman and Andrew Cohen are executive producers. United Expression Media is presenting the film in association with MUSE Film & Television.

Never Sorry had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won a special jury prize for its "spirit of defiance," then screened at the Berlin Film Festival.

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Sundance Selects/IFC Films exec Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with John Sloss and Dana O'Keefe of Cinetic Media and Victoria Cook of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz on behalf of the filmmakers and United Expression Media.

Sundance Selects has released BuckPinaCave of Forgotten Dreams and Weekend. Upcoming releases include The Kid With a BikeWe Have a Pope and Poliss.