HBO Acquires Sundance Documentary 'Cries From Syria'by HaydnSpurrell
While Sundance doesn't kick off for another month, HBO has already thrown its fishing line in, and has pulled out Syrian civil war documentary Cries From Syria. The network has landed the TV rights for Evgeny Afineevsky's pic, which follows his Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom.
In other Sundance early news, Sony Pictures Classic acquired Call Me By Your Name while A24 landed Ghost Story with Casey Affleck. Cries From Syria gathers footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, and follows the aftermath of President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on protests against his regime. A long civil war followed, which led to hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead.
“This is an unabashed, unadulterated view of war,” says Sheila Nevins, president, HBO Documentary Films. “The brutality of man’s inhumanity to man is blatantly uncovered, exposing war as it is, not as it seems to be.”