Toronto: Blue Ice Docs Acquires Canadian

Blue Ice Docs, the distribution and financing division of Blue Ice Group that specializes in nonfiction works, has nabbed Canuck rights to Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s “The 50 Year Argument” in advance of its Canadian premiere next week at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated by Blue Ice CEO Robin Smith and Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky and Heather Wyer. A Canadian theatrical release of the pic is planned for early 2015.

“50 Years,” which screened at Telluride and bows on HBO in the U.S. later this month, tracks the lively 50-year history of the New York Review of Books through the voices of the publication’s staff and roster of celebrated contributors.

Scorsese only recently confirmed that he will join the onstage conversation with Tedeschi and Review editor and co-founder Robert B. Silver that follows the film’s Sept. 11 screening in Mavericks; the program boasts what is likely its most star-studded lineup ever, with Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Robert Duvall just a few of the stars talking about their careers and recent work.

Also on Sept. 11, Scorsese will intro the free TIFF Cinematheque screening of Sergei Parajanov’s recently restored “The Color of Pomegranates,” the 1968 biopic about 19th-century Armenian poet Sayat Nova.

No word yet on whether Scorsese will also pop into the Sept. 11 screening of “Revenge of the Green Dragons” — Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Gotham-set gang actioner, on which Scorsese served as an exec producer, world preems Sept. 10 in Toronto.

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