Mundial asks ‘Who Is Dayani Cristal?’

Company acquires international rights to Marc Silver's documentary

Mundial, the recently announced international sales joint venture of IM Global and Canana, has acquired international rights to Marc Silver’s documentary “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”

The film, which was the first film to screen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Cinema Documentary section, was produced by Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, and Gael García Bernal, who also stars in the film.

Story begins when border police discover a decomposing male body deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert in Arizona. Lifting a tattered T-shirt,they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who — or what — is Dayani Cristal? Bernal subsequently investigates the life of an immigrant who died crossing the border as he retraces this harrowing  journey.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have acquired such anevocative and relevant film for Mundial’s first acquisition,” said Mundial’s VP Cristina Garza.

“‘Who Is Dayani Cristal?’ is the kind of film that Mundial, our new joint venture with Canana, was designed to handle. This is a great acquisition as we head towards the year’s first market in Berlin,” said IM Global’s Stuart Ford.

“We are thrilled to be working with Mundial. The combination of Canana’s pedigree in Latin America and IM Global’s international reach is exactly what we were looking for,” said Benski, CEO of Pulse Films.

Deal was brokered by Mundial’s Garza, IM Global’s Ford, Jonathan Deckter and Ben Rekhi, producers Benski and Ochoa and Sam Sniderman of Pulse Films. Josh Braun of Submarine is handling U.S. rights.