HBO ACQUIRES U.S. TELEVISION RIGHTS TO MOR LOUSHY AND DANIEL SIVAN'S DOCUMENTARY "THE OSLO DIARIES"
HBO is acquiring all domestic television rights, including streaming on the HBO service, to THE OSLO DIARIES, it was announced today at the Sundance Film Festival by HBO Documentary Films. Directed by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, the feature documentary was produced by Hilla Medalia and Ina Fichman, and executive produced by Guy Lavie, Koby Gal-Raday, Danna Stern, Dagmar Mielke, Barbara Dobkin and Jean Tsien. THE OSLO DIARIES made its world premiere in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the festival this week.
In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication punishable with jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of meetings that came to be known as The Oslo Accords and changed the Middle East forever.
A comprehensive, dramatic account of the negotiations, THE OSLO DIARIES is a geopolitical story, articulated through readings of the participants' diaries from the time, interwoven with never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with key players, including the last on-camera conversation with former Israeli president Shimon Peres. A riveting recounting of the talks that spanned a period of 1,100 days, the film offers a resonant portrait of diplomacy and the delicate nature of peace.
"We are humbled and excited by the warm hug our film has received from audiences at the Sundance Film Festival and thrilled with HBO's decision to acquire the film," say Loushy and Sivan. "The prestigious platform of HBO will allow us to reach millions of viewers and we're full of hope that this film will lead to the crucial dialogue we are missing so much these days, when it seems both sides have given up on a peaceful solution."
HBO will debut the film later this year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords.
The deal for THE OSLO DIARIES was negotiated with HBO by Josh Braun and Ben Braun for Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.