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May 27, 2008 8:18 AM
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iW NEWS | IFC Takes "Gomorrah"

IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to "Gomorrah," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Matteo Garrone, the film will be released through IFC in Theaters, its day and date distribution plan which makes independent films available to a national audience in theatres and on-demand, simultaneously. The film will also go through IFC Entertainment's exclusive deal with Blockbuster Video. "Just when we thought we had seen it all, Matteo Garrone has reinvented the Italian Mafia picture with such originality and invention that it seems entirely new," said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "We think that this completely fresh take on a well known genre that includes 'The Godfather Trilogy,' 'The Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas' will take American audiences by storm as it did in Cannes . We look forward to getting it out to the widest possible audience." The film has grossed almost $8 million since its release in Italy ten days ago. [Peter Knegt]

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