A24 has landed rights to De Palma and is partnering with director-producers Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow on its worldwide release. The deal is official the same day the documentary which makes its world premiere tonight at the Venice Film Festival. De Palma (the director and the film) is being feted on the Lido tonight with the fest’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. A24 is eyeing a 2016 release.
The distributor is coming off a successful run with another in-depth documentary on a iconoclastic figure: Amy, the Amy Winehouse docu directed by Asif Kapadia that premiered at Cannes and went on to become one of the biggest specialty releases of the year. It also became the second-highest-grossing docu in UK history behind Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. A24 this year also bowed Alex Garland’s sci-fi film Ex Machina in a limited release pattern to consistent box office in the U.S. It grossed $36.8M worldwide.
De Palma‘s next stop is the New York Film Festival at month’s end. The feature-length docu is world premiering in Venice out of competition tonight and grew out of the two directors’ spending time with the filmmaker for more than a decade.
UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the A24 deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Baumbach and Paltrow are repped by UTA.