The Orchard Agrees To Latest ‘Yes Men’ Docu; Cinema Guild Buys ‘About Elly’

The Orchard has acquired North American rights to The Yes Men Are Revolting, the third installment of the documentary series featuring prankster-activists Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. This time the Yes Men tackle the issues of global warming and middle-aged activism. The film, directed by Laura Nix along with Bichlbaum & Bonanno, premiered at Toronto and is screening Thursday at DOC NYC. It will be released theatrically and digitally across North America in 2015. Yes Men Are Revolting follows the duo’s The Yes Men (2003) and The Yes Men Fix The World (2009). The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo and Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

Cinema Guild has landed all North American rights to About Elly, a mystery from director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). Old college pals reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. One of the women brings along Elly, her About-Ellydaughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But Elly suddenly vanishes, setting in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear. The film premiered at Berlin in 2009, winning the Silver Bear for Best Director. Cinema Guild will open it April 8 at New York’s Film Forum, followed by a national release. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of Cinema Guild with Nasrine Médard de Chardon of DreamLab Films.

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