Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the historical drama THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS from first time Argentinian directors Francisco Márquez and Andrea Testa. Breaking Glass acquired the rights to the film in February in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Gabor Greiner of Films Boutique. The film is slated for a limited theatrical release beginning August 25, 2017, followed by a DVD/VOD release this winter.

Described as “a dark journey of the soul” (Variety) that “interrogates what it means to stay on the sidelines during a military government and asks whether such a stance is possible” (Slant), THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS stars Diego Velázquez (Krytonite, The Fish Child), Valeria Lois (‘History of Fear’), and Laura Paredes (Ultimátum).

THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS held its world premiere during the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, and went on to play numerous festivals, including the Busan Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Jerusalem Film Festival, and the Warsaw Film Festival. The film held its US premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival, and went on to play the Mill Valley Film Festival, as well as the New York “Neighboring Scenes” hosted by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, and the Cleveland International Film Festival.

THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS begins in Buenos Aires, 1977. Francisco Sanctis, a family man living an eventless life, receives information about an upcoming kidnapping and “disappearing” operation by soldiers of the ruling dictatorship. In a race against the night, he will need to make the most important decision of his life: will he try to save innocent lives by risking his own?

“Andrea Testa and Francisco Marquez have taken our breath away with their perfectly paced, shot and executed film noir thriller”, said Gabor Greiner, Head of Acquisitions from Berlin-based international sales Films Boutique. “This remarkable first feature has been widely praised at its world premiere at BAFICI where it won Best Film and at its international premiere at Cannes Film Festival.”

“The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis brings audiences to Buenos Aires in the late 70s during the military dictatorship, placing them amidst the suspense and frightening unknown that existed at that time”, said Michael Repsch, SVP of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass. “Audiences will relate to this beautifully structured tale of doing right by people – our most important resource – especially with our current political climate.”

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