LA ROCHELLE, France — Lagardere Entertainment’s sales arm, Europe Images Intl., has closed a raft of territories on “Twice,” a docu produced by Japanese broadcaster NHK.
“Twice” tells the tale of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, a man who survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings and became a late-blooming activist. The docu chronicles Yamaguchi’s life from 1945 until his death in 2010.
Docu was acquired by French pubcaster France 2, RTBF in Belgium, Canal 22 in Mexico and TVP in Poland.
Deals were unveiled at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle.
“Twice,” which was shot in HD, is completed. The international version will be delivered in August.
At Rochelle, Europe Images Intl. is selling “The Last Chance Tiger,” “Eichmann on Trial” and “Christopher Columbus’ Map.”
Written and directed by Paolo Santoni (“Tzigari, a Rom Tale”), “Christopher Columbus’ Map” is produced by Agat Films and co-produced by Arte France.
The one-hour docu follows a French yachtsman, Loick Peyron, on the trail of Columbus. Mixing 2D and 3D, the documentary features archive footage and commentary from linguists and semiologists.
Currently in production, “Columbus” is shooting in Italy, Spain, U.S., as well as the Caribbean; it will be available in early 2012.
Michael Prazan’s “Eichmann on Trial” is a historical documentary turning on the capture and prosecution of the Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann in 1961, in Israel. Kuiv Prods. is producing the docu, which has been nabbed by Gaul’s France Televisions and Planete. Europe Image Intl. is selling a one-hour and a 90-minute version.
“Tiger” is a feature-length docu centering on tigers living in the wilds of South Africa. Penned by Frederic Lepage and directed by Guillaume Levis, the docu is in production and will be broadcast on French pubcaster’s France 2 in September. It was pre-bought by Belgium’s RTBF, Canada’s Tele-Quebec and High Fidelity, as well as RTV Slovenija, among others.