Sundance sparks first sale after virtual opening night


Despite the pandemic, sales at the virtual Sundance Film Festival this year are expected to be brisk as distributors desperately seek content. Neon — the indie distribution outfit behind last year’s Oscar breakout “Parasite” — made the first buy of the fest this week by snapping up the documentary “Flee.”

The film — executive produced by “Sound of Metal” star Riz Ahmed and “Game of Thrones” baddie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — debuted on the fest’s opening night, Thursday, in the World Documentary Competition section.

The project by director Jonas Poher Rasmussen utilizes animation to tell the tale of a character’s journey as child refugee from Afghanistan.

The film’s North American rights reportedly sold for around $1 million.

Other titles up for sale at the virtual Sundance include Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s documentary “Summer of Soul,” as well as “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright’s “The Sparks Brothers,” and films starring Tiffany Haddish, Olivia Wilde and Tessa Thompson.

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