Icarus Films Acquired Natalia Almada’s 2021 Sundance Award Winner Users and has additionally signed an agreement to represent the mexican filmmaker back catalog.
Users will get a qualifying limited release for the Academy in San Francisco on November 25 and is a cinematic meditation on technology and parenthood.
The film won California-based Almada the Sundance Documentary Directing Award, the same award she won at the festival in 2009 for The General (El General), his account of the life of his great-grandfather and former Mexican president, General Plutarco Elías Calles.
Both Users and library offerings are exclusive for North America and not exclusive internationally. Library deal covers Almada’s fictional debut All Other (Todo lo Demas), on the awakening of a sexagenarian bureaucrat, as well as The General (El General).
On the other side (Al Otro Lado) incorporates Mexican corrido music into a drama set against the backdrop of drug trafficking and illegal migration in which a Mexican composer and fisherman dreams of a better life across the border in the United States. All water has a perfect memory is a short documentary about the drowning of Almada’s older sister.
The films join the documentary The Night Guardian (El Velador), which Icarus previously acquired and focuses on as the night watchman of a mausoleum containing the remains of some of Mexico’s most infamous drug lords.
Livia Bloom Ingram negotiated for Icarus Films alongside Josh Penn for the Department of Motion Pictures and Isaac Hager for Focus Media Law Group. Almada signed on behalf of Altamura Pictures with Icarus president Jonathan Miller.