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    iW NEWS | "Che" Goes to IFC Films

    North American rights to Steven Soderbergh's epic "Che" has been acquired by IFC Films. This follows consistent rumors here in Toronto that the film was imminently destined for Magnolia Pictures. "Che" will be released for a one week awards qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles in December, and IFC will then re-open the film in January through IFC In Theaters, its day-and-date distribution platform. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where Benicio Del Toro won the Best Actor Prize. It is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be screening next at the upcoming New York Film Festiva...

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    iW NEWS | Summit Takes "Hurt Locker"

    Summit Entertainment has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker." A special presentation film at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the well-received film is inspired by first-hand observation by journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal who was stationed on assignment with a special bomb unit. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Guy Pearce, and Ralph Fiennes. The film is financed and produced by Nicolas Chartier via his Voltage Pictures banner and produced by Bigelow and Boal via their First Light banner as well as Greg Shapiro via his Kingsgate Films banner. "'The Hurt...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Deals With Maximum

    Fortissimo Films and Canadian distributor Maximum Films have announced a six picture deal. Comprised of films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the deal includes "$9.99," "Laila's Birthday," "Country Wedding," "Serbis," "Native Dancer," and "Tokyo Sonata." "We are very happy to represent these wonderful films and talented film makers to film lovers across Canada," Maximum's Managing Director Bryan Gliserman. The deal follows on from an output deal agree upon at last year's Toronto Film Festival in which Fortissimo would represent Maximum's Films in Asia and Maximum would distribute Fortissimo product in Canada. It was br...

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    iW NEWS UPDATE | Distributors United For "Were The World Mine"

    Wolfe Releasing, Logo and PS Classics have partnered in the acquisition of Tom Gustafson's "Were The World Mine." Distribution of the film is to be divided up with Wolfe handling DVD release and all digital rights that are extensions of home entertainment. Logo will have broadcast rights along with Internet and broadband rights for the channel and its networks. "From the beginning, this film has been a labor of love for my partner Cory Krueckeberg and myself," said Gustafson in a statement. "As the market shifted, we realized that not only did we need to provide a quick and complete return to our investors, but we needed to retain more con...

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    iW NEWS | "Everlasting Moments" For IFC

    IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to Jan Troell's "Everlasting Moments," which is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and had a warm response at the Telluride Film Festival. IFC Films will release "Moments" next year through IFC in Theaters, its day and date distribution platform which makes independent films available to a national audience in theaters and on-demand, simultaneously. It will also be part of the company's exclusive deal with Blockbuster Video. "One of the great events at Telluride was the tribute to Jan Troell," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, in a statement. ...

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    iW NEWS | Searchlight Sets '08 Date for "The Wrestler"

    Fox Searchight will go with a December release date for Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which the studio speciality division acquired earlier today. Written by Robert Siegel, the film was produced by Scott Franklin and Aronofsky thru Protozoa Pictures. Searchlight's Tony Safford and Megan O'Brien...

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    iW NEWS | Searchlight Gets "The Wrestler"

    Fox Seachlight made a swift deal for Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" here at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to an individual close to the deal, nabbing the film after sleepless negotiations that concluded late this morning in Canada. On stage at the Elgin Theater last night for the North American premiere, Aronofsky thanked film financier Wild Bunch and, with an array of buyers in the crowded theater, teased that that he had no one to thank locally since there is "no North American distributor to thank...too bad!" The film gained momentum in recent days at the Venice Film Festival, after generating rave reviews for Micke...

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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 | 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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