Indie banner Roadside Attractions has picked up North American rights to helming duo Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitcross’ “The Road to Guantanamo,” the controversial film that won the Silver Bear in Berlin this year.
Roadside is planning to domestically preem the pic — which follows the true story of British Muslims who traveled to Pakistan for a wedding but ended up in Cuba as prisoners of the U.S. Army — at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Roadside will follow up the pic’s fest bow with a minimum 10-market rollout in early summer and plans to aim for the top 25.
“We think this film is a visceral punch to the gut that will leave everyone thinking about Guantanamo in a new way,” said Roadside co-head Howard Cohen. He added that the company is aiming to combine subversive material with commercial appeal.
Previous Roadside rollouts have included “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic” and “Super Size Me.”
“Guantanamo” producer Andrew Eaton had decided to release the pic simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD and via the Internet in the U.K. on March 10.
Roadside came into the mix after all the studio niche divisions passed, at least in part because of the film’s critique of U.S. and British policies on the war on terror.
Rights on the pic were being repped by U.K. banner the Works Intl. Pic was backed by the U.K.’s Channel 4 and produced via Revolution Films and Screen West Midlands.
Roadside’s upcoming credits include “The Puffy Chair,” “Stay” and “Wah-Wah.”