HBO nabs Sundance film in early deal

Although the shimmering wave of industry bigwigs and cinematic glitterati won’t roll into Park City for a few more days, the Sundance Film Festival business deals have already begun. Last week, HBO announced that it had acquired the U.S. television rights to New York-based Argentinean filmmaker Nicolas Entel’s feature documentary SINS OF MY FATHER.

The film, which will compete in Sundance 2010′s World Documentary section, tells the story of the infamously brutal Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. After Escobar was killed in a shootout with police in Medellín in 1993, his son, Juan Escobar, moved to Buenos Aires, changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín, and tried to leave behind his father’s past.

“I’ve learned lots of things from my father,” Marroquín says in the film. “The most important one is that if I want to live I have to do the opposite from him. That was my lesson.”

Entel interviews Marroquín and follows him as he meets with the sons of two Colombian political leaders whose murders his father orchestrated in the 1980s, in an effort to heal the wounds they have inherited. Entel also speaks with Marroquín’s mother, Maria Victoria, and was granted access to previously unseen photos and home movies from the Escobar family archive.

HBO plans to air SINS OF MY FATHER later this year, possibly next fall.