‘Jiro’ is first Tribeca sale

Magnolia hungry for sushi-master doc

Docu “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” kicks off this year’s Tribeca Film Festival acquisitions, with Magnolia Pictures gobbling up North American rights to helmer David Gelb’s look at a master sushi chef.

Film had its world preem at the Berlin film fest ahead of it U.S. preem at Tribeca today. Pic follows Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old chef at the tiny, prominent Tokyo restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. Docu traces not only the man’s work but also his complicated relationship with his son, the heir apparent to his restaurant.

Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content and Tom Pellegrini produced the film, with Matthew Weaver as exec producer. Distribution deal was made by Magnolia’s Tom Quinn with Iwashina. Fortissimo Film Sales will handle the pic’s international sales.

“Jiro” joins a Magnolia lineup that includes Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” and Andrew Rossi’s New York Times doc “Page One.”

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