Lionsgate buys film festival winner

July 14, 2006 at 10:46 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- Lionsgate has purchased U.S. distribution rights to "Deliver Us from Evil," a prize-winning documentary about a molestation case in California.

The film from writer-director Amy Berg recently won the Los Angeles Film Festival's top documentary jury prize. Lionsgate is reportedly eyeing a fall release for the film, Daily Variety said.

"Evil" covers the story of a Catholic priest, Oliver O'Grady, who molested young children for 20 years in Northern California before being convicted in the early 1990s.

"Amy does not flinch in her reporting and has created a devastating portrait of a sexual predator and the official culture that enabled him to victimize the children and the families that trusted him," said Tom Ortenberg, Lionsgate president of theatrical marketing.

The film is the first theatrical offering from Berg, who previously won an Emmy for her TV writing, Variety said.

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