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    Busy Buyers SPC Put On "Chanel" Number 2

    Opening day at Cannes has been a busy one for Sony Pictures Classics. Within minutes of announcing that they acquired Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon", the distributor added a another notch to their Cannes' buyer bedpost: Jan Kounen's "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky," which will close the festiva...

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    Sony Classics Ties Haneke's "Ribbon"

    Michael Haneke's Cannes competition entry, "The White Ribbon," has been acquired for North American release by Sony Pictures Classics.

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    Buyer Buzz: Berney Backs Campion's Latest

    As insiders began arriving for Cannes, another fest kicked off with buyers buzzing about Bob Berney. The Picturehouse founder finally took a big step closer to his new distribution company with word that he will release Jane Campion's Cannes competition title, "Bright Star."

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    "Precious" Poster and Trailer

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    Kidman Runs From Woody

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    IFC To Tell Mungiu's "Tales"

    IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Tales From The Golden Age" in advance of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week in the Un Certain Regard section. The deal reunites the company with Cristian Mungiu, the Palme d'Or winning director of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," wh...

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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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    Sony Hearts Chanel and Auteurs Haneke, Almodovar

    At a time when other distribs are treading cautiously, steady Cannes buyer Sony Pictures Classics bets on their own taste and gut instinct for what they can achieve in the marketplace. They don't always wait to see how a film will play at a festival, and try not to overpay (although they get clipped every now and then). They're still betting on theatrical releases like the James Toback doc Tyson, which they bought out of Cannes last year, and the Israeli animated Oscar-contender Waltz with Bashir. "We're thinking long-term," says co-president Michael Barker, who came into Cannes with Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces, which is set for a pre-...

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    Cannes Day One: Up Up and Away

    Cannes master promoter Thierry Fremaux knows what he is doing: the photo taken from the Debussy stage of the Cannes press corps wearing 3-D glasses will be seen everywhere. (They had to be returned.) I started out the morning in tears during Up , which as Disney chairman Dick Cook puts it, is Pixar'...

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