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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Captain Abu Raed"

    2008 Sundance Film Festival award winner "Captain Abu Raed" has been acquired for worldwide rights outside the Middle East and North America by Fortissimo Films. "Captain," directed by Amin Matalqa is the first Jordanian feature film to ever be exported for the world's cinemas. It garnered the World...

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    SXSW '08 DISPATCH | As "Nights and Weekends" Debuts, Swanberg & Gerwig Sign Worldwide Deal with IFC

    The SXSW Film Festival, annual meeting place for that infamous interconnected movement of new American filmmakers known as Mumblecore, has yielded a deal for the new film from prolific DIY director Joe Swanberg. In a pact brokered in recent days, IFC Entertainment quickly acquired worldwide rights t...

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    iW NEWS | ThinkFilm Takes "Momma's Man"

    Azazel Jacob's "Momma's Man" has been acquired by ThinkFilm in a deal for North American rights, the company confirmed today. A Sundance Film Festival debut earlier this year, the film will screen this month at the New Directors/New Films series and then have an exclusive release later this year. It tells the story of Mikey, a young man who returns to the comfort of his parents and the home where he grew up instead of rejoining his own wife and newborn baby in Los Angeles. For the deal, ThinkFilm is reteaming with some of the backers of their 2006 release, "Half Nelson." The film was produced by Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray, and executive produ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Acquires "Fear(s)"

    IFC has acquired all North American rights to French animated film "Fears(s) of the Dark." "Dark" is the work of six graphic artists and cartoonists, Blutch, Marie Caillou, Pierre DiSciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire and Charles Burns who stylized nightmares based on their own phobias using ...

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    iW BOT | King of Queens: Koch Lorber's "Chop Shop" Top Debut; "Counterfeiters" Leads Oscar Winners

    "Chop Shop," director Ramin Bahrani's coming-of-age drama for Koch Lorber Films, out-performed all specialty debuts with weekend earnings of $8,475 at New York's Film Forum. "The Counterfeiters," Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky's Best Foreign Film Oscar winner for Sony Pictures Classics, led all Oscar victors, including Miramax's Best Picture winner "No Country for Old Men," with a sophomore week per-screen average of $10,295. Rounding out the iWBOT Top Five, which ranks films by per-screen average were "The Duchess of Langeais," veteran French director Jacques Rivette's period drama for IFC Films, Sony Classics' "The Band's Visit," an I...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Gets "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced a deal for worldwide rights to Christopher Bell's timely steroids doc, "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia will release the film in theaters later this year, followed by an HDNET broadcast. "I love this movie!" said Mark Cuban, owner of Magnolia, Landmark Theaters, HDNET, and the Dallas Mavericks, "It's informative, fascinating and hysterical - all the things a movie about steroids should be. You can't miss this one if you are a sports fan." Cinetic Media brokered the deal with Tom Quinn, Dori Begley and Jason Janego from Magnolia. In a recent interview w...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Lavishes "Gloss"

    Fortisimo Films has acquired "Gloss," which will have a gala screening at next month's Hong Kong International Film Festival. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky ("Nutcracker: The Real Story") takes a satirical and sexy look at the wave of capitalism sweeping through Russia. The film takes a "Cinderella-esque" story and interweaves it with a social commentary on the modernization of the Russian economy, examining its effects on those desperately trying to break out of their once inescapable poverty. The deal, for world wide sales rights outside France and Russia, was brokered by Fortissimo co-chair Michael J. Werner and Andrei Konchalovsky. The f...

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    iW NEWS | MK2 Canvases Panorama Doc "With Gilbert & George"

    World rights to Julian Cole's Berlinale Panorama doc "With Gilbert & George" have been acquired by MK2. The film traces the relationship and creative partnership between the two artists. The film follows the pair not only to exhibitions in Russia and China, and follows them to their inner sanctum: t...

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    iW NEWS | Overture Takes "Sunshine Cleaning"

    Overture Films has acquired U.S. rights to Christine Jeffs' ("Rain") "Sunshine Cleaning," starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, the company announced Tuesday. The two star as sisters striving to better their aimless lives while undertaking the unusual business of crime-scene cleaning. Marc Turtletaub,...

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    iW BOT | Oscar Payday: Foreign Film Winner 'Counterfeiters' Top Debut; Other Winners Ready For Payou

    "The Counterfeiters," Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky's Best Foreign Film Oscar winner for Sony Pictures Classics, soared past fellow Oscar victors with a debut per-screen average of $$12,559 from eight runs. "The Duchess of Langeais," veteran French director Jacques Rivette's period drama for IFC Films, was close behind with debut earnings of $22,251 from two New York theaters. Rounding out the iWBOT Top Five, which ranks films by per-screen average were Sony Pictures Classics' "The Band's Visit," an Israeli film about an Egyptian police band lost in rural Israel; "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh's hit men comedy for Focus F...

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