Tom Ortenberg’s new firm is planning a theatrical and VOD launch for the movie in late 2020.
The Dissident, Bryan Fogel’s documentary function concerning the 2018 killing of Washington Submit columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia, which has been likened in critiques to the narrative thriller Highlight, will likely be distributed within the U.S. by Briarcliff Leisure.
Briarcliff, appropriately sufficient, is the brand new distribution firm run by Tom Ortenberg, who, in his earlier capability because the chief of Open Highway Movies, distributed Highlight en path to its greatest image Oscar win in 2016.
The Dissident, which was financed by the Human Rights Basis, had its world premiere on the Sundance Movie Competition again in January, the place — regardless of receiving raves (from critics and others together with Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin) and although Fogel’s earlier movie Icarus was awarded one of the best documentary function Oscar in 2018 — it was met with resistance by established distributors, various which have enterprise entanglements with the Home of Saud.
Briarcliff, evidently, was undeterred by such issues and is planning a theatrical and VOD launch for the movie in late 2020, together with different occasions to coincide with the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s assassination.
HanWay Movies will deal with worldwide gross sales of the movie.
The Dissident options the unique participation of Hatice Cengiz, who was Khashoggi’s fiancee; Omar Abdulaziz, a younger Saudi activist with whom Khashoggi was secretly collaborating; and Turkish intelligence officers who supplied Fogel with the transcript of Khasoggi’s last moments alive.
UTA Unbiased Movie Group orchestrated each the home distribution and worldwide gross sales deal on behalf of the filmmaking staff.
“As we strategy the second anniversary of Jamal’s loss of life with no official repudiation, my hope is that this movie will enshrine his reminiscence in addition to be certain that justice is served, and that our society not turns a blind eye to the brutal human rights violations dedicated by the Saudi regime,” Fogel mentioned in an announcement. “I’m thrilled that the movie will obtain a really unbiased launch, indifferent from company and particular pursuits, in order that we are able to authentically work in direction of these worthy outcomes.”
Added Ortenberg, “Bryan Fogel is a brave filmmaker who persistently takes nice dangers in opposition to very highly effective authoritarians. We’ve got an amazing sense of accountability with this challenge and are honored to offer a platform that can proceed Khashoggi’s work and spotlight his sacrifices to the biggest viewers potential.”
In the meantime, Cengiz, who was to marry Khashoggi, mentioned, “When Bryan shared his concept to make the movie, I used to be initially reluctant. However as we labored collectively, I got here to comprehend that Bryan believed in Jamal’s trigger and values. Nobody has advised this troublesome and painful story higher than Bryan. I’m grateful for him, for his braveness, and for immortalizing Jamal with this film. I imagine it’ll elevate consciousness about Jamal’s unjust killing and remind everybody that his killers are nonetheless not punished.”
Fogel is represented by UTA and legal professional Daniel Passman.