TF1 Studio and Newen Connect announced an agreement with Videovision Entertainment / Distant Horizon for the international distribution of “Sarafina!” in a restored 4K IMAX version. The title was screened in the Cannes Classics Selection on May 21.
Presented in the Official Selection at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, Darrel James Roodt’s film, produced by Anant Singh, stars Whoopi Goldberg and Miriam Makeba. “Sarafina!” is today an iconic movie about the quest for freedom, a vibrant combination of music and dance. The version screened at Cannes this year is a new version, including previously unseen footage, restored in 4K by producer Anant Singh, created in partnership with IMAX.
“TF1 Studio is proud and honored to partner with Vision Entertainment to distribute ‘Sarafina!’ around the world. The outstanding beauty of the film and the values it promotes will enchant new audiences, especially young ones. The glorious return of this great film to Cannes is the beginning of a wonderful adventure. The expertise of Newen Connect's distribution team will be a precious asset to accompany international buyers,” said Nathalie Toulza Madar, CEO of TF1 Studio.
Anant Singh, Producer of the movie, added: “It is great to continue the relationship which began through our 1992 partnership with Les Films Ariane, which is now part of TF1 Studio, a Newen Studios subsidiary, with the film now being distributed by Newen Connect. Today, there are many opportunities to release the film including in IMAX, and also with students and schools, which gives us access to a whole new generation of audiences. TF1/Newen Studios are equally passionate about the film, and we look forward to working with them on theatrical and other media, and to generating revenue and viewership across the territories of the world.”