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Cannes Market: 70mm Doc 'Samsara' Sells to Canada, Australia and New Zealand; Oscilloscope Has U.S.

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 17, 2012 at 1:30PM

"Samsara," documentarian Ron Fricke's follow-up to "Baraka," was shot over five years on five continents on 70mm film. eOne Canada acquired rights to the film, which will be released in the US by Oscilloscope and in Germany by Busch Media Group on August 24.

More docs than ever are for sale in the Cannes market. "Samsara," documentarian Ron Fricke's follow-up to "Baraka," which was shot over five years on five continents on 70mm film, has sold to eOne Canada; Hopscotch Films acquired Australian and New Zealand rights. The film will be released in the US by Oscilloscope, in Germany by Busch Media Group (August 24) and in the UK, by Arrow Films (August 31).

Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

SAMSARA transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.  By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary. It encourages our own interpretations, inspired by breathtaking images and transcendent music that infuses the ancient with the modern.  SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world, from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience, and illuminating the links between humanity and the rest of nature.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.