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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Hal Hartley Back With "Fay Grim"; Eytan Fox' Latest, "The Bubble"

    Two filmmakers, both born in New York, are in the spotlight as indieWIRE looks at a pair of films that have struck a chord with Toronto International Film Festival audiences as the event heads into the final stretch: Hal Hartley's "Fay Grim" and Eytan Fox's "The Bubble." While "Grim" is set for dome...

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    Sony Classics Take North American/Latin American Rights to Tucker's Upcoming "And When Did You Last

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America and Latin America rights to U.K. director Anand Tucker's ("Shopgirl") new feature length film "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" The film, being shot this coming October, is based on the award-winning memoir by established British author Blake Morrison and stars Colin Firth as Morrison and Jim Broadbent as his father, Arthur Morrison. Set in the Yorkshire Dales and London, the film is a "moving father son love story" told through flashbacks by son Blake. Trying to deal with the fact that his father is terminally ill, Blake reflects back on humorous, embarrassing and upsetting childhood a...

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    Lionsgate Picks Up "Away From Her"

    U.S. distribution rights to Sarah Polley's "Away From Her" have been picked up by Lionsgate, the company's president of acquisitions and co-productions Peter Block and president of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg announced Wednesday. The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Ortenberg, Block, Jason Constantine, SVP of acquisitions and Eda Kowan, VP of acquisitions and by William Morris Independent and producer Danny Iron on behalf of the filmmakers. The studio plans a Spring 2007 release for the film, which screened as a Gala at the current Toronto International Film Festival. Married for almost 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona's (Jul...

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    Netflix Takes "Prisoner"

    At the Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix has acquired Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein's The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair. The deal is set to be revealed Wednesday in Toronto.

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    Celluloid Dreams Adds Japan Sale for Ozon's Latest

    Celluloid Dreams added another sale to the roster of territories already on board Francois Ozon's new project, "The Real Life of Angel Deverell," closing a deal for Japan (Toshiba Entertainment). The company screened ten minutes from the film for buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival. Previously sold territories for the film include: Benelux (ABC/Cinemien), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Germany (Concorde), Scandinavia (Triangel), Portugal (Atalanta), Greece (Cypress Rosebud), Turkey (Chantier), Mid East (Italia), former Yugoslavia (Tuck), Hungary (Budapest Films), Poland (Gutek), Romania (Media Pro D), Russia/CIS (MGM Paradise), Baltic...

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    Focus Starts Production on "Evening"

    Focus Features announced today that they have begun production on Director Lajos Koltai's "Evening", which is based on the best-selling novel by Susan Minot. Featuring Claire Danes, Toni Collette, and Vanessa Redgrave, "Evening" is described as "a drama that explores the romantic past and emotional ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus, directors of "Al Franken: God Spoke"

    by Brian Brooks (September 13, 2006)

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Ozer Kiziltan: "Unfortunately, war and violence affected me more th

    Every day through the end of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as "provocative feature films by new and emerging directors."

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    "The Hawk is Dying" Soars to Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Julian Goldberger's Sundance and Cannes '06 film, "The Hawk is Dying," starring Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti. Jeff Levy-Hinte of Antidote Films negotiated the deal with Jon Gerrans for Strand. Also representing the film were Rich Klubeck of United Talent Agency and Sue Bodine of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein LLP. Giamatti plays Gainesville, Florida auto upholsterer George Gattling who attempts to change his mundane life by training and taming a wild, red-tailed hawk. He chases his passion while caring for his autistic nephew, played by Michael Pitt ("Last Days") and bec...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Trying To Make Sense of the Toronto Marketplace As Magnolia Nabs "Exiled

    After scoring deals for two acclaimed genre titles in Cannes, U.S. based Magnolia Pictures struck again, acquiring Johnny To's "Exiled," fresh from its recent world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal, for all...

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