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    iW NEWS | Truly Indie Fixes "Broken" for U.S.

    Truly Indie will handle the U.S. release of Alan White's thriller "Broken," starring Heather Graham, Jeremy Sisto and Linda Hamilton. The film is described as a "harrowing tale of a young woman trying to move on from her checkered past as her possessive ex-boyfriend threatens to pull her back in." The film premiered at the AFI Film Fest 2006 and has been selected to screen as the opening night film at Visionfest 2007. The film will open theatrically in New York October 5 followed by other select cities including Los Angeles later that month. The deal was negotiated by producer Jerry Wayne with Truly Indie executive director Kelly Sanders and ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take Croons to "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" in North America

    North American theatrical and television rights to to Julien Temple's documentary "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" have been acquired by IFC Entertainment from Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The film will be released under the distributor's day and date banner IFC First Take, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring announced Thursday. The film, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, takes an in-depth look into the myth behind teh front man of seminal British punk band The Clash. Using footage of the late Strummer himself and those who knew him well, the doc chronicles the transformation of John Mellor into an anti-esta...

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    iW BOT | Austen Powerful! "Becoming Jane" Opens Beautifully; "The Ten" More Box-Office Chuckle Than

    Weekend earnings rocketed director Julian Jarrold's Jane Austen-in-love drama "Becoming Jane" to the top of the iW BOT, as well as the new per-screen queen for all 2007 Miramax Films limited-release debuts. IFC First Take's 1980s Brit youth drama "This Is England" continued to draw audiences in its sophomore week at New York's IFC Center and its debut at Los Angeles' Nuart Theatre, reaching the number two spot on the iW BOT, which ranks films by per-screen average. Both films far out-performed THINK Films' "The Ten," director/co-writer David Wain's collection of comical stories set to the Ten Commandments, which did not attract large audience...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Takes North and South American Rights to "Brick Lane"

    North and South American rights to Sarah Gavron's ("This Little Life") first feature film, "Brick Lane" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company announced Tuesday. The film is based on the 2003 novel by Monica Ali about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK, and explores the British immigrant experience. Young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu (Satish Kaushik), she fears her soul is quietly...

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    iW NEWS | Media Luna Takes Rights to Locarno Pic "Un Journee"

    Cologne, Germany-based sales company Media Luna Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Jacob Berger's latest, "Un journee," which will have its world premiere at the Piazza Grande at the Locarno International Film Festival, currently underway. Meanwhile, the documentary "La Reina del condon"...

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    iW BOT | Riot in the Cinema! "This Is England" Wows NY; "No End In Sight" Cashes In on Anti-Iraq War

    With weekend earnings, director Shane Meadows' coming-of-age drama "This Is England" is the top exclusive release on the iW BOT, as well as the new per-screen benchmark for all IFC First Take releases. Magnolia Pictures' Iraq War documentary "No End in Sight" packed audiences in its debut weekend at...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Takes Sales Rights for "Help Me Eros"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Taiwan and Malaysia to Lee Kang-Sheng's "Help Me Eros," described as "a provocative, darkly comic and sexually daring film [which] represents Lee's second feature following his debut 'The Missing' (Bu Jian), winner of the New Currents Award at the Pusan International Film Festival 2003 and the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2003." The deal was brokered between Homegreen Films' Vincent Wang and Fortissimo's co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht. "We have known Lee Kang-Sheng for a long time, since working together on films such as 'Vive L'Amour' and 'What Time is i...

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    iW BOT | "Live-In Maid" Packs Film Forum; Searchlight's "Sunshine" is Bright; Warner Independent Dro

    For its first theatrical release after five years as a sales company, Film Sales Company's Spanish-language drama "Live-In Maid" played NYC's Film Forum and was the top exclusive release on the iW BOT, which ranks by per-screen average, and a grassroots success. Working off ten venues and the vast p...

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    iW NEWS | Kelly's "Southland Tales" Coming to U.S. Theaters in November

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced the U.S. release of Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales." The company is planning a theatrical debut on November 9 in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The film, which debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival and has since been completed, stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, Cheri Oteri, Kevin Smith and Amy Poehler among others, with original music by Moby, a music sequence by Timberlake and a soundtrack that includes The Killers, The Pixies, Muse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Radiohead, a...

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    iW NEWS | Balcony Bringing "Kurt Cobain About A Son" to U.S. Theaters

    Balcony Releasing has announced the theatrical release of A.J. Schnack's "Kurt Cobain About A Son," debuting at the IFC Center in Manhattan on October 3rd and opening two days later at The Nuart in Los Angeles. The Sidetrack Films production, which will then open at The Varsity in Seattle on October 12, debuted last year at the Toronto International Film Festival (where indieWIRE first reported on the film). Additional cities are still to be announced, according to Balcony's Greg Kendall. "Kurt Cobain About a Son" recounts the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in his own words. The portrait features audio interviews Cobain conducted with ...

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