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    iW NEWS | "Mancora" For Maya

    Ricardo de Montreuil's "Mancora," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Maya Entertainment, a vertically integrated, multi-platform media company targeting the U.S. Latino market. The announcement was made at the film's screening at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The film stars Elsa Pataky, Jason Day and Enrique Murciano as three people on a road trip. The deal was negotiated by Jose Martinez, Jr., head of acquisitions, and Tonantzin Esparza, director of acquisitions for Maya Entertainment, along with Debra Fisher of Cinetic Media on behalf of De Montreuil and the film's Producer, Diego...

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    iW NEWS | IFP Backing "Ballast"; Launching First Weekend Initiative

    The IFP in New York will kick-off a new "First Weekend" series with the self-distributed theatrical release of Lance Hammer's "Ballast." The org bought out the second night, 8 p.m. screening of the Sundance award winner at Film Forum (October 2nd) and is selling premium tickets (priced at $25), that will include a post-screening conversation with Hammer and Tony Award winner Sarah Jones, followed by a private after-party. Full box-office proceeds are going to the film and its release. After reading a recent indieWIRE article about Hammer's plans to to take the film back from IFC and release it himself (with consultant Steven Raphael of Requir...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Takes "Tokyo Sonata" for North America

    North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Tokyo Sonata," which took the jury prize at this year's Un Certain Regard in Cannes have been acquired by Regent Releasing from Fortissimo, the company announced Tuesday. Regent plans an early 2009 theatrical release in select cities. The film is the second film that Regent picked up at the recent Toronto International Film Festival from Fortissimo Films. Regent also acquired "Serbis" at TIFF '08 and both films will make their U.S. premiere at the upcoming 46th New York Film Festival. Set in contemporary Tokyo, "Tokyo Sonata" is a story of an ordinary Japanese family of four that hides their inner...

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    REVIEW | Sports Wear: Ryan Little's "Forever Strong"

    Ryan Little's "Forever Strong" is a friendly, heaping helping of rugby porn -- in senses both erotic and non. Seemingly cast top to bottom with holdovers from "Flaunt" photo-spreads and David DeCoteau flicks (in fact, fans of DeCoteau's boxer-brief brand of cheapo-homo horror will recognize the film...

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    iW NEWS | Drogin Formally Announces Maximum Films

    Marcy Drogin has formally announced her New York based production, management & consulting firm, Maximum Films & Managament. Drogin now serves as the NYC creative literary consultant for three LA based companies - Mandalay Pictures, CBS Films and Participant Media. "We are excited about the projects...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Parque"

    Fortissimo Films announced today it has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Mexico to Enrique Rivero's Parque Via. The film tells the story of an elderly man who cares for a luxury, empty house in Mexico, residing there until the day it is sold. The film won the Golden Leopard Award at this year's Locarno International Film Festival, and is scheduled to screen at the upcoming Tokyo, London and Vienna International Film Festivals. The deal was agreed between Fortissimo's Co-Chair Wouter Barendrecht and "Via" producer Paola Herrera. "We are very happy that 'Parque Via' is now part of the Fortissimo slate," said Herrera in a statement. "It...

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    iW NEWS | German Currents To Highlight Bavaria

    The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque are presenting their annual film series, German Currents, at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles, and the focus is on Bavaria and their industry and films. The series kicks off with the U.S. premieres of Uli Edel's "The Baader Meinhoff Complex" and Caroline Link's "A Year Ago In Winter." In addition to the film series, special industry events during German Currents will include an exhibition honoring The Hof International Film Festival on September 28 followed by a multi-media presentation of film technology by ARRI, makers of the Arriflex camera, on Septe...

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    I Love You Jean-Claude

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    iW ROUND UP | Tuesday, September 23

    indieWIRE's snapshot of news and views from around the web for a Tuesday.

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