Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest film by director Steve James will have its European Premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world's largest documentary film festival. The festival runs November 16-27.
The film will screen in the Masters program section of the festival, which shows new documentaries by renowned documentarians. Abacus will be in the company of new films by Errol Morris, Claire Simon and Lucy Walker. James' short The Ride of Their Lives, made for The New Yorker Presents will also screen in the Masters program at IDFA.
Abacus has had an extremely successful festival run thus far. The film world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, which hosted three sold-out screenings. After its premiere on Sunday, September 11, an emotional and extended standing ovation greeted the Sung family as they took the stage with director Steve James and producer Mark Mitten. The film also finished as a runner-up in the Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award.
The film went on to sell out its two initially scheduled screenings at the New York Film Festival, which was host to the film's US Premiere. A third screening was added to the festival due to popular demand.
Abacus will have its Chicago Premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 18 at 6PM.
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