Frank Zappa Doc Nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics

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Frank Zappa photographed in London in 1973. 

'Eat That Question -- Frank Zappa In His Own Words' zooms in on the iconoclastic composer-musician.

Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed the new documentary on Frank Zappa.

Eat That Question -- Frank Zappa In His Own Words, directed by Thorsten Schutte, zooms in on the iconoclastic composer-musician entirely through rare archival footage from his three-decade career. With clips of rare TV interviews and international performances, the film by the German director explores Zappa's unconventional and irreverent handling of the media, his irrepressible quest for enlightenment and his witty self-dramatization.

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Sony Pictures Classics made the acquisition announcement of the doc's worldwide rights (excluding France and Germany) ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25 in the Documentary Premieres section.

"I'm delighted and I'm thrilled that Sony Pictures Classics believes in the film and I feel we're in very good hands," said Schutte. "The news of the acquisition is really the cherry on the cake of our world premiere at Sundance."

The deal from NYC-based sales company Submarine was negotiated by Sony Pictures Classics with Josh Braun, Dan Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers,

Eat That Question is produced by Estelle Fialon of Les Films du Poisson (France) and Jochen Laube of UFA Films (Germany), and co-produced by ARTE France and SWR.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.