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Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

The dog days of summer are coming to a close as Venice, Telluride and Toronto gear up with dozens of titles that will eventually make their way to U.S. screens — at least those that receive a theatrical release. For Labor Day weekend audiences, a string of past festival pics are headed for their box office run. Sundance titles The Ambassador, For A Good Time, Call and Little Birds make their bows this holiday. Austrian filmmaker Karl Markovics’ Breathing debuts in the U.S. after screening last year at Cannes. China Lion’s The Bullet Vanishes heads to North America, targeting Chinese audiences.

The Ambassador
Director: Mads Brügger
Writers: Maja Jul Larsen, Mads Brügger
Cast: Mads Brügger
Distributor: Drafthouse Films

Documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger made a splash Stateside back in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival where his The Red Chapel won the World Cinema documentary prize. His latest, The Ambassador, features the Danish filmmaker-journalist posing as a European diplomat as he goes under cover to investigate the blood diamond trade in Africa. “[We] were big fans of Mads because of Red Chapel, and The Ambassador was one of our big targets for Sundance this year,” Drafthouse Films exec James Shapiro said. “Corruption in Africa isn’t a revelation but he really throws himself in the thick of it and risks everything including his life to show an account of modern day colonialism. It hit us right in the gut and … next thing we know, we’re making an offer to Trust Nordic,” the sales company. Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘The Ambassador’

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 9:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

Drafthouse Films AmbassadorAlamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Ambassador, a darkly comic documentary that exposes the corrupt business of selling diplomatic titles at the expense of wartorn, third-world nations, particularly in Africa. The Mads Brugger-directed film will launch on VOD and digital platforms August 4 and get a theatrical berth at the IFC Center in New York on August 29, and The Cinefamily in L.A. and Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse on August 31. The film was financed by Lars von Trier‘s Zentropa.

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‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Filmmakers Reteam With Big Beach For ‘The Ambassador’

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 12:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The filmmaking team behind the indie release Safety Not Guaranteed has lined up a follow-up project. Big Beach is re-teaming with filmmakers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly on The Ambassador, an original screenplay that Connolly and Trevorrow will write and Trevorrow will direct. Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will produce.

The film is set in the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, which not only monitors the universe for signs of life but is prepared to represent humanity if and when aliens arrive on earth. A shy, low-ranking staffer unwittingly makes first contact when he meets a mysterious beautiful woman and must risk more than his job when they are threatened by forces of this world and beyond. Read More »

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