Music Box Films has acquired all North American rights to the eco-documentary Ice And The Sky, filmmaker Luc Jacquet’s project about the life of glaciologist Claude Lorius, who began studying the Antarctic ice in 1957 and was the first to raise a red flag on global warming back in 1965. Jacquet is the filmmaker behind one of the more successful documentaries of all time — March of the Penguins, which earned $127.4M worldwide and won the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary in 2006.
Ice And The Sky, which the closing film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will be released theatrically in the second quarter. The film, written and directed by Jacquet, was produced by Richard Grandpierre. During Cannes, it was nominated for a Golden Eye.
The film follows the life of Lorius, who made multiple expeditions to Antarctica over the years and pioneered the study of ice cores to identify and understand the human impact on global warming. He began in 1955 when he was only 23. Ice And The Sky, both a memoir and a call to action, was put together not only with archival footage but also with drone cinematography.
“Luc Jacquet is a proven documentarian with an eye for finding the narrative in nature,” said Music Box Films President William Schopf in making the announcement. “With Ice And The Sky, he’s introduced the world to a man many may not know but whose work has undeniably impacted the planet’s future. He’s gifted us a historical record of a life and body of work that won’t soon be forgotten.”
The deal was negotiated by Schopf with Carole Baraton at Wild Bunch International Sales. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates the Music Box Theatre in Chicago which routinely screens independent and foreign films.