The Sundance Channel has acquired TV and DVD rights to “Soy Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth” (“I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth”), a documentary on Russian director Mikhail Kalatasov’s 1963 film, “I Am Cuba,” pic made to celebrate Castro’s Cuban regime.
Helmed by Vicente Ferraz, docu traces the making of Kalatasov’s recently restored pic, and, despite its bold visuals, its disappointing reception in Russia and Cuba. (Local auds preferred the homegrown “Lucia” and “Memories of Underdevelopment”).
Pic screened at Sundance in January and has been sold at Cannes by Brazil’s Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV to Italy (Fandango), Switzerland and Austria (Trigon Film), France (Cine Cinema), South Korea (EBS), and Finland (YLE).
The Locarno Film Festival plans a double bill of the docu and Kalatasov’s original pic.