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    iW NEWS | Palm Pictures Croons to "Patti Smith"

    North American rights to photographer Steven Sebring's directorial debut, "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival have been acquired by Palm Pictures. The deal, which encompasses North American theatrical, non-theatrical and home video and VOD distribution rights, was announced by Jan Korbelin, managing partner of Palm Pictures. The agreement was negotiated by Pierre Menahem, on behalf of Celluloid Dreams. Palm is currently planning a late summer 2008 theatrical release, followed by the DVD release in the early 2009. The doc is a portrait of poet, artist, punk pioneer and activist Patti Smith. "Palm Pi...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Takes "Myths"

    The Cinema Guild announced its acquisition of the U.S. distribution rights to Margaret Brown's second feature film, "The Order of Myths." "Myths," a documentary which looks at race in America through the Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile, Alabama, will open in New York and Los Angeles in July and Aug...

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    iW NEWS | 24 frames Acquires "Partes Usadas"

    Independent distributor 24 frames announced that it has acquired the North American rights to Mexican film "Partes Usadas, which was distributed in Mexico through Canana Films, founded by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. The first feature of writer-director Aaron Fernandez, the film follows a 14 ...

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    VAR | Sony Classics Gets Egoyan's Cannes Entry

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired "domestic and select international rights" to Atom Egoyan's Cannes Film Festival competition entry, "Adoration," according to Variety.

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Takes Non-North American Rights to Madonna's "I Am"

    Director Nathan Rissman's "I Am Because We Are," produced, written and narrated by Madonna, has been acquired by Fortissimo Films. The doc will have its international premiere during Cannes where it will be presented as part of amfAR's annual "Cinema Against AIDS" event. The film spotlights the camera on Malawi an African country of twelve million people ravaged by the AIDS epidemic -- an epidemic that has left more than one million children as orphans. The film also examines global and individual solutions to solve the crisis of this small nation. Fortissimo's SVP, Sales & Acquisitions, Winnie Lau negotiated the deal, which includes all righ...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Gets Safdie's "Robbed" for Cannes

    Unveiling its lineup for next week's Cannes Market, Visit Films has announced its acquisition of international rights to Josh Safdie's "The Pleasure of Being Robbed," which will close the Director's Fortnight section this year. Also on Visit's slate are Azazel Jacobs's Sundance hit "Momma's Man," Olaf De Fleur's Berlinale Teddy Award winner "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela," Stephen Higgins and Nina Gilden Seavey's "The Matador" from SXSW and Guy Moshe's "Holly." The company recently closed a spate of deals on recent market titles, including a 4 film pact with MovieMobz in Brazil for "Arranged," "Hannah Takes The Stairs," "Choking Man,"...

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    iW BOT | Chart-Topping 'Mister Lonely' Makes Harmony Korine the Comeback Kid

    "Mister Lonely," filmmaker Harmony Korine's sweet-natured drama about two lovelorn celebrity impersonators, rocketed past all art-house releases with a debut, per-screen average of $16,769 at New York's IFC Center. "Son of Rambow," British filmmaker Garth Jennings' coming- of-age comedy for Paramount Vantage, also debuted in the iWBOT top five, which ranks films by per-screen average, with $53,778 in weekend box office from five runs in New York and Los Angeles. Rounding out the iWBOT Top Five, were "Redbelt," director David Mamet's fight drama for Sony Pictures Classics, "Viva," director Anna Biller's sexploitation drama for Vagrant Films Re...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Buds a "Blossom"

    Doris Doerrie's "Cherry Blossoms-Hanami" has been been picked by Strand Releasing in the U.S. from Bavaria Film International. L.A. based Strand plans an Autumn release for the film. Bavaria is touting sales in over 30 territories, including Hong Kong and Denmark. [Brian Brooks]

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    HR | Maya Makes "Sleep Dealer" Pact

    Maya Entertainment is acquiring all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera's "Sleep Dealer," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company is planning a theatrical and home video release.

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    iW NEWS | NonStop Takes Nordic Rights For "Cowboys," "Faster"

    Sweden-based NonStop Entertainment left the Tribeca Film Festival with two documentaries - Billy Corben's "Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustin' With The Godmother," and Christopher Bells' "Bigger, Stronger, Faster." NonStop acquired distribution rights from Magnolia PIctures for both films in Sweden, Norway, ...

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