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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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    First Look to Bring "Paris Je t'aime" to North America

    First Look Pictures has acquired North American rights to Cannes 2006 Un Certain Regard opener "Paris, Je t'aime, " the company announced. First Look plans an early 2007 theatrical release for the film that just had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In "Paris, Je t'aime," a number of leading filmmakers each tell the story of a romantic encounter in one of Paris' districts. Participating directors include: Olivier Assayas, Frederic Auburtin & Gerard Depardieu, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel & Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Nata...

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    Del Col and Mavi Win Telefilm Canada Pitch This Competition

    Anthony Del Col and Jagdeep Mavi won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition for their project "Outsourced" Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film  is a feature comedy about a twenty-something computer programmer/slacker who devises the ultimate get-out-of-work scheme: he outsources his own job to India - without telling his boss or co-workers. Del Col and Mavi receive a $10,000 CAD prize to assist with costs related to the development of the project. Applicants were short-listed down to six finalists, who were assigned pitch coaches to help them prepare for the competition. The competition is part of the festival's ...

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    "Red Doors," "Man Push Cart" Take Top Spots on BOT as Overall Box Office Declines

    Maybe the 9/11 weekend - which on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks became a day of national mourning - just isn't a good one for movies, especially independent/specialty ones serious in nature. While two exclusive releases about Asian-American experiences in New York had strong New Yor...

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    Magnolia, Optimum, and Madman Jointly Acquire Johnny To's "Exiled"

    Magnolia Pictures, Optimum Releasing, and Madman Entertainment have joined forces to acquire all English-language rights to Johnny To's "Exiled" from Media Asia, following the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Additional details will be included in a Toronto Dispatch ...

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    NVR Names New Director

    Eileen Newman has been named deputy director of National Video Resources (NVR), serving as the chief programmatic and operating manager of the organization. She comes to NVR from the National Board of Review, where she has been their excecutive director since 2005. NVR is a not-for-profit organizat...

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    TORONTO '06 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Paul Andrew Williams: "I came to see 'Borat.'"

    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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    "Wedding" at Woodstock

    Danish director Susanne Bier ("Brothers") will see the U.S. debut of her latest film, "After The Wedding" next month at the Woodstock Film Festival. "Wedding" will play as the centerpiece screening of the seventh annual festival on October 14, 2006. It recently had its North American debut at Toro...

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    Digimart Set For October

    For the second consecutive year, Digimart's Global Digital Distribution Summit is offering a three-day program featuring a line-up of filmmakers, pioneers and leaders from around the world who are progressing digital distribution. The focus of the Summit will be on the opportunities and challenges related to the major technological changes that are "reducing costs, dramatically increasing access to global markets and splitting demand across a range of platforms." Film industry participants attending Digimart will also get updates on new cinema networks that have been launched around the world and direct reports from filmmakers who have deve...

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