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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Dreams Gets "Soul"

    Celluloid Dreams has snapped up all international rights Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's documentary "Soul Power." Submarine Entertainment is repping the film and negotiated the deal with Celluloid at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film documents the 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 that featured BB King and James Brown, among others. "We are delighted to represent this crowd pleasing document of an extraordinary moment in musical history," said Celluloid Dreams' Hengameh Panahi in a statement. Celluloid noted that they already has offers in major territories and is expecting to close deals later this wee...

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    iW NEWS | Maximum Takes Fortissimo's "Disgrace"

    Fortissimo Films announced the sale of the Steve Jacobs' "Disgrace" to Canadian distributor Maximum Film Distribution. The John Malkovich-starrer, based on a J.M. Coetzee novel, had its World Premiere in Toronto Saturday night. The deal is for all rights within Canada and was brokered between Fortissimo's Co-Chairman Michael J. Werner, attorney Andrew Hurwitz and Maximum's Bryan Gliserman and Richard Rapkowski. "We are thrilled that our friends at Maximum Films immediately recognized the passion and the power of this incredible adaptation of this award winning work of literature," said Werner in a statement. "The film couldn't be in better h...

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    iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Django" Leads Again

    According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, First Look's "Sukiyaki Western Django" led the reporting specialty films for the second weekend in a row. Directed by Takashi Miike, the film $5,094 on one screen, for the highest per-theatre average in a very weak weekend on both studio and specialty fronts. Two Sony Pictures Classics titles were next, "I Served The King of England," which grossed $72,109 on 17 screens for a $4,242 average in its second weekend, and Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River," which grossed $314,795 on 91 screens for an impressive sixth weekend average of $3,459. The weekend's sol...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Films Licenses Five To Australia

    Visit Films has concluded a number of deals in the opening days of the Toronto International Film Festival. Beyond Entertainment in Australia has licensed five titles including "Hannah Takes The Stairs," "LOL," and "Kissing on The Mouth" from director Joe Swanberg and "Dance Party USA" and "Quiet City" from director Aaron Katz. "With deals like this, it is clear that the themes of these films resonate with an international audience and that the filmmakers are beginning to break through en masse," said Visit Films partner Ryan Kampe in a statement. "Joe and Aaron along with the Duplass brothers are some of the pioneers and most creative fil...

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    iW NEWS | Bavaria Announces Sale of "Krabat"

    Bavaria Film International's Head of Sales, Stefanie Zeitler, announced first sale executions already ahead of the first public screening of Marco Kreuzpaintner's "Krabat." The film, based on Otfried Preussler's novel has been picked up by Film Depot for Russia. Further strong sales interest is rep...

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    iW NEWS | Venice's "Birdwatchers" Takes Europe and Australia

    Venice competition entry "Birdwatchers" by Marco Bechis has sold to various European territories by Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, including the U.K. (Artificial Eye), Germany (Pandora) and the Benelux countries (Cinemien). The film also sold to Australia's Hopscotch on the first day of the Toronto I...

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    iW NEWS | Image Entertainment Takes "$5 a Day"

    Image Entertainment announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival that it has acquired from all North American rights (except theatrical) to the comedy "$5 a Day" from Capitol Films, Ltd. The film stars Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola, and will screen in Toronto on Sept. 6, 7 and 12. "This film is certain to be an audience-pleaser with it all-star cast and funny storyline," said Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment, in a statement. "Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken are all hilarious in this tale of a crazy father and his not-so-crazy son." [Peter Kneg...

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    iW NEWS | "Of Time and City" For Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Terence Davies' "Of Time and City" from Hurricane Films in the UK. The deal was done via sales agent Hanway Films. The film is a "poetic ode to Liverpool" which is constructed with archival footage and narrated by Davies himself. It had its World Premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this Sunday. "We're thrilled to be working with Terence again, his loveletter to Liverpool is a true artistic inspiration to filmmaking," said Marcus Hu, Co-President of Strand Releasing, in a statement. The deal was concluded by S...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Takes "24 City"

    The Cinema Guild announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Jia Zhangke's "24 City," which documents the conversion of an old munitions factory into a sprawling complex of luxury high-rise apartments. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Kriv...

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    iW NEWS | Samuel Goldwyn Travels Down "Dark Streets" for the U.S.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights to Rachel Samuels' "Dark Streets," for a planned release in the fourth quarter of the year. Peter Goldwyn, vice president of acquisitions negotiated the deal with Shaun Redick at The Collective on behalf of the filmmakers. Set in the 1930s, the film is the story of a "dashing but naive playboy who owns the hottest nightclub in town. Surrounded by the blues music he adores, and caught in a love triangle between two beautiful singers, he is the envy of every man; until, his charmed life starts to spiral out of control. As he is drawn deeper into a web of lies and betrayal, he no longer knows who t...

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