Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math’s penis-themed documentary The Final Member, adding to its lineup of boundary-pushing films (Bullhead, The Act Of Killing). I saw The Final Member last year at Fantastic Fest, where the Alamo Drafthouse kitchen cheekily served deep-fried veal testicles during a particularly squirmy part of the film. Memorable experience to say the least. The Final Member tracks Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, founder of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, who has dedicated his life to collecting and displaying the male organ from every mammal on Earth. The only gap in his collection: a human specimen. Enter two prospective donors, one an elderly Icelandic lothario, the other an American obsessed with making his genitalia a star. As the aging Siggi feels the clock ticking to complete his life’s work, the contest for that coveted final slot takes bizarre and unexpected turns. It’s a sweet, stranger-than-fiction tale that’s also primed for a narrative remake, if any studio had the balls to make a movie about, well, you know. Drafthouse’s James Emanuel Shapiro negotiated the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the film’s producers. Drafthouse is plotting a 2014 theatrical and VOD release, partnering on digital with VHX. (You’ll have to provide your own in-theater snacks.)
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