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Berlin Market: Match Factory Picks Up Documentary on Legendary Director Robert 'Altman'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2013 at 2:49PM

Match Factory has acquired worldwide rights from Submarine Entertainment for Ron Mann's documentary "Altman." Match Factory is pre-selling the film at this year's Berlinale market.
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Robert Altman
Robert Altman

Match Factory has acquired worldwide rights from Submarine Entertainment for Ron Mann's documentary "Altman." Match Factory is pre-selling the film at this year's Berlinale market.

The doc focuses on director Robert Altman (1925-2006), who grew up in Depression-era Kansas City and would go on to helm some of the most achingly beautiful, strangely offbeat films in American cinema history (including "M*A*S*H*,' "The Long Goodbye," "Nashville," "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "Three Women," and Brit-set "Gosford Park," which won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001). Altman won an honorary Oscar in 2006, the year of his death, for "repeatedly reinventing the art form and inspiring filmmakers and audiences alike."

The film will feature interviews with some of Altman's leading actors, collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of the director himself. Mann ("Grass," "Comic Book Confidentials") will produce as well as direct.

Watch the lost 1951 Altman film "Modern Football" here.

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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.