Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014

US screening rights for Nadav Schirman’s The Green Prince have been acquired by Music Box Films

Schirman’s latest documentary was an award winner  at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

"The Green Prince" Portraits - 2014 Sundance Film Festival

(L-R) Filmmaker Nadav Schirman, documentary subject Gonen Ben Itzhak, and screenwriter Mosab Hassan Yousef at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival / Getty

Nadav Schirman has sold the US screening  rights for his  recently  released political documentary, The Green Prince, to Music Box Films.

The Green Prince, which  describes a special relationship between  a young Palestinian and his handler  from the  Israel Security Agency,   Shin Bet, was an award winner  at the recent  Sundance Film Festival, in the Audience Award for World Cinema: Documentary category.

The U.S.  distribution deal was negotiated on Schirman’s behalf by Submarine Entertainment founders Josh Braun and David Koh while  of Music Box Films’ interests were taken care of by Ed Arentz and William Schopf.

Music Box Films, who  are one of the largest distributors of foreign and independent film in  the United States, have announced that they will be releasing the “Green Prince”, later in the year, in enough time that it will be eligible to qualify for consideration in the  2015 Academy Awards.

The “Green Prince”, which is based on a true story,   is based around  Mosab Hassan Yousef, a 17 year old  Palestinian from the West Bank city  of Ramallah, who is drawn into the ongoing conflict  fight Israel. Arrested for  gun smuggling guns, Mosab Hassan Yousef is  interrogated by  a member of Israel’s internal  security service, the Shin Bet, and after being imprisoned,  agrees to become an informant.

Commenting on the distribution arrangement with Music Box Films, Nadav Schirman expressed his  excitement to be working with such seasoned distribution partners to bring the film to American cinema goers.

In response Arentz and Schopf described the “Green Prince as  an edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller, intertwined with a  tale of an unlikely friendship that unfolds between adversaries and an incredible story of a young man’s courageous personal, political and spiritual transformation.

In the meantime, negotiations are ongoing for other international distribution deals, with UK distribution rights already having been taken up by  Curzon Films in the UK, with  and Madman Entertainment  handling Australia and New Zealand.  Both of these distribution deals were already signed and  sealed during this year’s Sundance Festival in January of this year.

Schirman, whose other documentary  credits include In the Darkroom and The Champagne Spy, not only directed the The Green Prince,  but was also its co-producer, along with John Battsek and Simon Chinn.

Nadav Schirman was born in Jerusalem. As the son of a diplomat, Nadav spent much of his childhood  in different countries of the World, before returning to Israel to serve in the IDF,  as a Liaison Officer to the United Nations forces, spending his time on the  Syrian and Lebanese borders.

In recent years Schirman has been based in Frankfurt, Germany.

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