Daniel Sawka’s Immigration Drama Feature ‘Icebox’ Acquired By HBO Films

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HBO Films has acquired the worldwide rights to director-writer Daniel Sawka’s timely drama feature Icebox, which premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Produced by Oscar- and Emmy-winning James L. BrooksGracie Films and co-financed with Endeavor Content, Icebox will debut Friday, December 7 on HBO.

Filmed on location in New Mexico, the film was shot primarily in Spanish with English subtitles. It tells the story of Óscar, played by Anthony Gonzalez (Coco), a 12-year-old Honduran boy who is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system.

“I have seldom seen a movie so of the moment – it’s almost reportage,” said Len Amato, president, HBO Films. “Icebox gives viewers not only an opportunity to witness what it’s like inside these migrant detention centers, but also to feel the emotions of the children,
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