Zeitgeist lands Arijon’s ‘Stranded’

Survival doc follows rugby team's plane crash

Zeitgeist Films has scooped up domestic theatrical and homevideo rights to Gonzalo Arijon’s airplane crash survival doc “Stranded: I’ve Come From a Plane That Crashed in the Mountains.”

In the pic, members of the Uruguayan rugby team recount a 1972 plane crash in the Andes and their need to resort to cannibalism in order to survive. Their story was the basis for the 1993 movie “Alive,” starring Ethan Hawke and Josh Hamilton.

Filmmaker Arijon has been friends with some of the survivors since childhood.

“This is truly one of the most remarkable stories turned into one of the most haunting films we’ve ever encountered,” said Zeitgeist co-prexies Emily Russo and Nancy Gerstman.

Doc nabbed the Joris Ivens Award at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2007 and was in competish at Sundance this year.

Zeitgeist intends to open “Stranded” at Gotham’s Film Forum on Oct. 22, followed by a national release. Distrib recently picked up Sundance jury prizewinning doc “Trouble the Water,” about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.