First Run to man Cohen’s ‘Homo Sapiens’ in U.S.

'Doom' draws attention to helmer

NEW YORK — Gotham-based First Run Features has acquired domestic distribution rights to Peter Cohen’s “Homo Sapiens 1900.”

First Run Features, which released Michael Apted’s “42 Up,” acquired the rights following the pic’s screening at the Toronto film fest.

Architect of ‘Doom’

“We were big fans of Cohen’s earlier film, ‘The Architecture of Doom,’ so upon seeing Cohen’s latest work, we were already attracted to the project. ‘The Architecture of Doom’ is a masterpiece in exploring aesthetics, and ‘Homo Sapiens’ explores similar issues,” Marc Mauceri, VP of First Run Features, told Daily Variety.

“Homo Sapiens 1900” examines the subject of selective breeding to improve the human species. Using archival footage and narration, he investigates the philosophy of eugenics and its dangerous results in contemporary society, such as Nazism in Germany and sterilization in the U.S.

Pic opens at the Screening Room on March 3.

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