Fabien Westerhoff’s London-based Film Constellation has sold “David Lynch: The Art Life” to Italy ahead of its premiere at Venice Classics.
The documentary biopic, which delivers an intimate portait of Lynch through the formative years of his life, has been acquired by Italy’s Wanted Cinema.
“This movie is the new gem of our line up this year,” said Anastasia Plazzotta, managing director of Wanted Distribution (which runs Wanted Cinema).
Plazzotta said the company looked forward to bringing the docu feature to “Italian audiences who will queue up for this.”
Directed by Rick Barnes, Jon Nguyen and Olivia Neergaard-Holm, the documentary charts Lynch’s upbringing from the small town America to the streets of Philadelphia, depicting events that have helped shape his enigmatic personality as a man and an artist.
“I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them,” said Lynch, who shares personal stories from his past in the feature which is dedicated to his daughter.
Deal was negotiated between Fabien Westerhoff of Film Constellation and Anastasia Plazzotta of Wanted Cinema.
“David Lynch: The Art Life” will premiere at Venice Classics on Sept. 4.
Film Constellation’s current slate boasts the stylish horror hit “Lake Bodom” from Finland which opened in theaters on Aug. 19 and topped the local B.O. over its first weekend, and Steven Caple Jr.’s Sundance-premiering urban crime thriller “The Land” which features an original hip-hop soundtrack released globally on NAS’ Mass Appeal label.
Film Constellation is also selling the British drama “Cross My Mind” with Sally Hawkins and Jack Lowden, now in pre-production.