MEDIA RELEASE: Cineflix Rights presale deals for Finestripe’s The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld

April 28, 2023

Cineflix Rights has acquired international rights to feature documentary The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld from Finestripe Productions, which premiered on BBC Two on 26 April, and has presold the film to Prime Video Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld (1×90’, Finestripe Productions for BBC Two, UK) is the definitive story of the legendary Chanel designer who reigned over the fashion world for more than 40 years. Instantly recognisable, Karl Lagerfeld transformed high fashion from a niche interest into blockbuster, dramatic entertainment. The German-born designer was a charismatic showman, famous worldwide. His personal life was as lavish as the catwalks he adorned; he earned millions, spent millions, and frequently attracted controversy with his provocative pronouncements. He surrounded himself with an extraordinary entourage including his adored cat, Choupette—who is expected to be one of the main heirs of his fortune. The Mysterious Mr Lagerfeld sees multi-award-winning director Michael Waldman in search of the people who knew him best to find out who was the man behind the sunglasses and what is the legacy he leaves behind.

Critics have praised the film, describing it as: “Poignant and preposterous, decadent and delightful” (The Sunday Times), “A playful portrait of an extravagant eccentric” (Sunday Telegraph), and “Surprisingly revealing” (Daily Mail).

Catherine McCormick, VP Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights, said: “We’ve had a lot of success with Finestripe’s previous documentaries appealing to buyers around the world, so we’re thrilled to be partnering again with them on another high quality, access driven blue-chip film. Karl Lagerfeld is such a recognisable, global icon who fascinates audiences and we’re already seeing a lot of international demand—as evidenced already with Prime Video’s early commitment to the film.”

Lorraine McKechnie, Executive Producer for Finestripe Productions said: “We have amazing access to contributors from Karl Lagerfeld’s inner circle who have never spoken before and who have generously opened up their personal archive to us. Lagerfeld was an iconic figure people think they know, but in fact they don’t. This film reveals the real man behind the sunglasses for the very first time.”

The deal with Prime Video was brokered by Lucinda Gergley-Garner, SVP, Sales, North America and German Speaking Territories, Cineflix Rights.