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    iW BOT | Academy Countdown: Oscar Snub 'Band's Visit' Finds Fans; 'Dead' Debuts Strong; 'Juno' Tops

    "The Band's Visit," filmmaker Eran Kolirin's comedy for Sony Pictures Classics, was ruled ineligible for a foreign-language Oscar nomination but the Israeli film about an Egyptian police band lost in rural Israel leapt past Oscar contenders with a leading per-screen average of $11,267 from thirteen runs. "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh's hit men-in-trouble comedy for Focus Features was close behind with a sophomore week per-screen average of $10,420 from 112 runs. "George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead," the premiere release from Weinstein Company banner Third Rail Releasing, made a strong debut with $230,000 in Presidents Day wee...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia, Discovery Announce "Man On Wire" Pact

    Discovery Films and Magnolia Pictures have announced a deal for North American theatrical and DVD distribution of James Marsh's Sundance '07 doc, "Man on Wire." The story of Frenchman Philippe Petit's infamous tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center, the film won both the World Cinema Grand Jury and audience awards at the festival last month. A late-summer theatrical release is in the works. The film is based on Petit's book, To Reach the Clouds and was produced by Wall to Wall, in association with Red Box Films for Discovery Films, the BBC and the UK Film Council. Josh Braun from Submarine brokered the deal with Tom Q...

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    EFM NEWS | Fortissimo Makes "Sparrows" Deal

    =Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (outside of Iran) to Majid Majidi's "The Song of Sparrows," winner of the best actor award at the Berlinale. The film also recently won the best director, editing, original score and makeup prizes at the Fajr Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    EFM NEWS | NonStop Deals for "River," "Punch"

    NonStop Entertainment has acquired Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" (in a deal with Rezo Films) and Olly Blackburn's "Donkey Punch" (in a deal with Lumina Films) for distribution in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company also acquired in Berlin this year,...

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    EFM NEWS | Seventh Art Takes "Two Lives" for North America

    Seventh Art Releasing has picked up North American rights to French feature "Two Lives Plus One" at the European Film Market, a Seventh Art spokesperson told indieWIRE Tuesday. The deal was negotiated by Udy Epstein and Matt Henderson for Seventh Art and Sebastien Chesneau from Paris-based Rezo. The...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Resurrects "Otto" for the U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Bruce LaBruce's "Otto; Or, Up with Dead People," Maximum Films has announced. The deal for the film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is having its European debut in Berlin Tuesday night, was negotiated by Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Charlotte Mickie of Maximum Films International. Jey Crisfar portrays Otto, a young zombie who rises from the dead and hitches a ride to Berlin where he comes to reside at an amusement park and is discovered by a filmmaker who is completing her epic political porno movie. Millivres, meanwhile, has acquired all rights for the UK. St...

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    iW NEWS | here! Acquires "Trevor"

    here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, has announced that it has acquired the United States and Canadian distribution rights to the film "Holding Trevor" from Stray Films LLC. The film, the directorial debut of Rosser Goodman, has so far has played a...

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    INSIDE WORD in Berlin | Miramax Making Deal for Mike Leigh's Latest?

    "Happy" deal closing... Word on the festival circuit overnight, via a pair of competitors, has Miramax Films in the running to acquire Mike Leigh's Berlin International Film Festival entry, "Happy-Go-Lucky." The film, which was screened early for select buyers last week in Berlin, has its official p...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Acquires "Capacity"

    IFC Entertainment announced that it has acquired all North American rights to Terry Kinney's comedy "Diminished Capacity," which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival "Terry is such a respected and multitalented artist whose work throughout the years on stage and on screen has entertained...

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    iW BOT | Saturday Night Fever: Weekend Bounce Puts "In Bruges" On Top; "Band's Visit" Makes Noise; "

    "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh's hit men in hiding comedy for Focus Features; skyrocketed past Oscar contenders with a debut per-screen average of $16,330 and a fantastic $457,227 in weekend box office. "The Band's Visit," Sony Pictures Classics' Israeli film about an Egyptian police band lost in a rural Israeli town, made plenty of noise with a $9,642 per-screen average from seven debut runs. The top documentary was "A Walk to Beautiful" from Engel Entertainment, directors Mary Olive and Any Bucher's documentary about Ethiopian women suffering from childbirth injuries. Rounding out the iWBOT Top Five, which ranks films by per-s...

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