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Great news!

Universal Pictures Content Group has acquired the international distribution rights for Lil Nas X’s feature documentary called Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero.

“We instantly fell in love with Lil Nas X and his honest and entertaining film. Telling captivating and relevant stories is at the heart of all our documentaries, and we knew straightaway that we wanted to bring this to a global audience,” said Helen Parker, EVP at Universal Pictures Content Group.

Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Carlos López Estrada (known for Billie Eilish: When the Party’s Over) and filmmaker Zac Manuel, the documentary offers a glimpse at the Grammy-winning artist’s inaugural world tour.

“We were struck by the humanity of an artist who, while inspiring so many to accept their queer identities, is still learning to fully embrace his own,” filmmakers Estrada and Manuel said in a statement. “A lot of people think Montero has it all figured out, but behind the spectacle is a person searching for the same things as so many of his fans. He’s searching for acceptance from his family and the confidence to be the person he wants to be — to embrace his queer identity in all ways feminine, masculine and everything outside of binary definitions. Yet, there he is every night, onstage, giving himself fully to thousands. This bravery is his gift to the world, and what makes Montero Lamar Hill, Lil Nas X.”

The film’s logline reads:

The diaristic film is a remarkably intimate portrait of a musician navigating identity, family, expectations and acceptance, all while reflecting on his place within the legacy of Black, queer performers.

Shot over the course of 60 days with unparalleled access, the film follows Montero Hill, aka Lil Nas X, on an emotional odyssey through the creation and performance of the critically acclaimed ‘Long Live Montero’ show.

Variety describes the documentary as “rambunctious and at times exhilarating backstage concert movie.” They added that “Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero channels the grandeur of what it means to put your dreams out there, for everyone to see.”

Watch the trailer of Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero here:

Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero debuted at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival. It was produced by HBO and is accessible for streaming on their official platform, Max. If you’re a Max subscriber, you can enjoy the documentary at no additional cost by simply logging into your account today.

Or you can wait for its worldwide release. Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero is now poised for a global digital debut on May 20 across multiple platforms. For more information, read here.

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