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    Lightning Bolts "Coach and "Chances" for Cannes Market

    Two romantic comedies, "Coach" and "Taking Chances" have been picked up by Lightning Entertainment. The Santa Monica-based production and distribution company will debut the films in Cannes, Lightning's co-presidents Rich Goldberg and Richard S. Guardian announced Monday. The deal for "Coach" was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Lightning corporate counsel Megan Holstein on behalf of Lightning and Lemore Syvan on behalf of Yeah Players Films. "Taking Chances" was acquired by Lightning Senior VP of Acquisitions Joseph Dickstein who negotiated with Megan Holstein on behalf of Lightning with Larry Furlong and Kyle Dean Jackson on behalf of Two Ro...

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    iW Aligns With The American Pavilion for Cannes '09

    indieWIRE is pleased to announce it will be the official media sponsor of The American Pavilion at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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    Tribeca Gets Good Reviews

    Tribeca Gets Good Reviews

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    "La Linea" Cracks U.S. Deal

    Director James Cotten's crime drama "La Linea" with Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Esai Morales has been picked up by L.A.-based production and distribution company Maya Entertainment, the company's EVP Jose Martinez, Jr. announced Monday. Martinez and Alex Raminfar negotiated the deal for Maya Entert...

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    Silver Bear Winner "Gigante" Heads To U.S.

    Film Movement has announced their acquisition of Adrian Biniez's "Gigante," the Uruguayan comedy about one shy man's innocent obsession with a supermarket co-worker. The film won the Grand Jury Prize Silver Bear, the Alfred Bauer prize and the Best Debut Film award at the 2009 Berlinale. Film Movem...

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    Thessaloniki To Turn 50 With Herzog

    Director Werner Herzog has been announced as the subject of the Retrospective at the forthcoming Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Herzog will attend the Festival to present his films, conduct a Master Class, and will be honored with the fest'...

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    Boston" Fetes "Children" and "Crude"

    Director Tze Chun's "Children of Invention' took the grand jury prize at the 2009 Independent Film festival of Boston, while Joe Berlinger's "Crude" won best documentary. Chun's film, about two young children living outside Boston who are left to fend for themselves when their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme and disappears, had its world debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. "Crude" has had a slate of good news recently. The film's story follows the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet, a case pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron...

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    A "Crude" Acquisition

    Joe Berlinger's "Crude," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, has been acquired for North American release by First Run Features. The film will have its North American theatrical premiere on September 9th at New York's IFC Center, followed by Los Angeles on September 18th and San Francisco...

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    Benten/Watchmaker Enter Theatrical Waters With "Fish"

    US/UK-based Benten/Watchmaker Films has acquired all North American, UK, and European rights for "Fish Eyes," the debut feature from Chinese filmmaker Zheng Wei. The film recently screened in the Showcase section of this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The agreement marks Benten/Watchmaker's entry int...

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    Weekend Estimates: "Limits of Control" Big In New York; "Terra" Tumbles (UPDATED)

    Jim Jarmusch's "The Limits of Control" led the specialty box office this weekend, according to estimates provided by Rentrak. The Focus Features release - described by indieWIRE's Michael Koresky as "as a series of discrete, uncannily repeated sit-down encounters between a mysterious loner on some sort of criminal assignment and a succession of enigmatic oddball contacts throughout sunny Spain" - grossed $54,233 in three theaters. It's $18,087 average topped all other reporting limited releases, and its set to become the first narrative film to top the iW BOT (which is measured by per-theater-averages) since "Sunshine Cleaning" seven weeks ...

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