Illegitime Defense to present docu at Mipdoc

PARIS — French filmmaker Antoine Vitkine’s docu “Gaddafi: Our Best Enemy” has been nabbed in several territories.

Docu, which was completed just before the Arab world’s protests kicked off, depicts Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year reign in Libya and his regime’s relations with political leaders in Western countries. The docu’s commentary was tweaked to reflect recent events.

The 90-minute docu boasts 45 minutes of archives and exclusive interviews with Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Gaul’s former foreign policy minister Roland Dumas, Bill Clinton’s former advisor Martin Indyk, among others.

“Gaddafi” was pre-bought by broadcasters in 13 territories, including Gaul’s France 5, Planete and TV5 Monde, Canada’s TFO and RDI, and Ireland’s TG4.

Docu bowed on France 5 on March 1 and has since then been acquired by Australia’s SBS, Spain ETB and TV3 Catalunya, Canada’s CBC, Denmark’s DR, among others. It also received funds from the French film board CNC.

The docu is produced by Arnaud Xainte’s Paris-based shingle Illegitime Defense and Xainte’s other French outfit, Les Films du Cabestan.

Illegitime Defense handles “Gaddafi’s” international sales and will present it to buyers at Mipdoc, which runs April 2-3.

“Finding overseas partners early on helped us create an ambitious documentary that has a broad international appeal, which is sometimes difficult to achieve when a film is fully financed out of France,” explained Xainte, pointing out that he raised about 50% of the financing in Gaul and the rest from the Media Program and international pre-sales.

Xainte said he was holding advanced negotiations with a Japanese broadcaster, and a U.S. cabler and free-to-air channel.

Illegitime Defense also recently produced “May I Have This Dance,” a 90-minute docu helmed by Barbara Necek, about Vienna formal dancing scene. Docu is co-produced by Austria’s ORF, France’s Arte GEIE and it has been pre-bought by Belgium’s RTBF, Hungary’s MTV and Finland’s YLE, among other territories.

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