The Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner Dina has found US distribution as The Orchard acquires the documentary’s North American Rights.
The Orchard is currently planning a fall release for Dina. This is the third acquisition made by The Orchard at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, following the company’s deals for The Hero and Trophy.
Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s Dina is a follow-up to Mala Mala, winner of an Audience Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film explores the unconventional romance between Dina and Scott, two people who have never been valued for their eccentricities. Poignantly captured, Dina chronicles their evolving relationship as it develops – celebrating their differences, their quest for sexual intimacy, and honoring an unforgettable heroine as she navigates the ups and downs the couple faces as they make their way towards marriage.
Both filmmakers commented commented on the news in a statment, Santini said “After 49 years struggling to find her place in the world, we wanted to make a movie that celebrates Dina’s differences and eccentricities.” Sickles added “We’re honored and excited to know that Dina has found a home with The Orchard. This film is born from a loving team of family, friends, and collaborators, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to share it with the world.”
The Orchard’s VP of Acquisitions Danielle DiGiacomo also commented on Dina saying “Dina is a masterful film that achieves cinematic artistry – from cinematography to editing – while capturing a universal story of love, second chances, and at its core, the strength of a remarkable and unforgettable woman. The Orchard was immediately taken with it, and we cannot wait for larger audiences to embrace Dina and her world.”
The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard with Josh Braun, Ben Braun and Matt Burke of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.