Alex Gibney Doc 'Citizen K' Sells to Greenwich Entertainment, Will Get Oscar Push

Citizen K, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney's acclaimed new documentary feature about post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of oligarch-turned-political dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been acquired for North American distribution by Greenwich Entertainment and will receive a theatrical release alongside a concerted Oscar push this season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Greenwich previously handled the theatrical release for National Geographic's Free Solo, which went on to win this year's best documentary feature Oscar. Greenwich's Ed Arentz tells THR that Gibney is "one of our best chroniclers of power and its many abuses," and calls Citizen K, which was produced by Gibney, John Battsek, P.J. Van Sandwijk, George Chignell and Erin Edeiken, "essential viewing."

Citizen K, which was financed by Amazon Studios and produced by Jigsaw Productions, Passion Pictures and Storyteller Productions, had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in August and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival shortly after. It will next screen at the London Film Festival and AFI Fest.

Following its North American theatrical release, which will begin in Los Angeles on Nov. 22 and expand to other cities all the way into early 2020, the doc will stream on Amazon Prime three months after its theatrical debut.

"I am delighted with the release plans for Citizen K," Gibney tells THR. "It's a vitally important moment in the U.S. — as another presidential election looms over the horizon — for Americans and people around the world to understand how power works in Russia."

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