HBO picks up rights to ‘Precious Life’

Shlomi Eldar's doc plays next month in Toronto

In a pre-Toronto buy, HBO has picked up domestic TV rights to Israeli journo Shlomi Eldar’s documentary “Precious Life.”

Film plays in the documentary section at the Toronto Film Festival, which runs Sept. 9-19.

HBO deal doesn’t preclude a theatrical release for “Precious Life,” which is eyeing an awards run. Docu was produced by Ehud Bleiberg of Bleiberg Entertainment and Yoav Ze’evi.

“Precious Life” will air on HBO in 2011.

Eldar’s film tells the story of how Palestinian and Israeli doctors work to save the life of a Palestinian baby who is born without an immune system and needs a bone marrow transplant. Film explores the challenges and prejudices that must be overcome when officials from conflicting nations attempt to put aside their differences.

“We are very excited that HBO believes in the film and we can’t imagine any other company releasing ‘Precious Life,'” Bleiberg said.

Bleiberg Entertainment’s previous producing credits include “Adam Resurrected,” “The Assassin Next Door” and “The Band’s Visit.”

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