Sundance: National Geographic Documentary Films Prevails in Bidding War to Buy ‘Fire of Love’

National Geographic Documentary Films has won out in a fierce bidding war for the rights to “Fire of Love,” a documentary and love story about two French scientists who died tracking the volcanoes that were their greatest passion.

It’s the first big pact of this year’s virtual Sundance, a festival that has been rather slow-going in terms of dealmaking.Netflix, Amazon, Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount and several other players were in the hunt for the film at various points.

Financial terms of the deal, which was for worldwide rights, were not publicly disclosed but it is in the mid seven-figure range, according to knowledgable insiders.

Reviewers flipped for the film, which drove up its price, with Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman hailing it as “moving and amazing” and “a spellbinding experience.”“Fire of Love” is directed by Sara Dosa (“The Seer and the Unseen”) and narrated by “Kajillionaire” filmmaker Miranda July.

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