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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Parque"

    Fortissimo Films announced today it has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Mexico to Enrique Rivero's Parque Via. The film tells the story of an elderly man who cares for a luxury, empty house in Mexico, residing there until the day it is sold. The film won the Golden Leopard Award at this year's Locarno International Film Festival, and is scheduled to screen at the upcoming Tokyo, London and Vienna International Film Festivals. The deal was agreed between Fortissimo's Co-Chair Wouter Barendrecht and "Via" producer Paola Herrera. "We are very happy that 'Parque Via' is now part of the Fortissimo slate," said Herrera in a statement. "It...

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    iW NEWS | Oscilloscope Makes Oct. 31st Date for "Dear Zachary"

    Oscilloscope Pictures has acquired North American rights to Kurt Kuenne's "Dear Zachary." The Slamdance Film Festival debut, which also screened at SXSW, is described as "a uniquely intense and personal documentary," in the form of a letter to the filmmaker's father, "about the murder of [the filmmaker's] oldest friend and the unbelievable legal and emotional madness that ensued." It is the first film under the MSNBC Films banner and recently qualified for Oscar consideration after screening at IDA's DocuWeek last month. Josh Braun of Submarine repped the filmmaker and negotiated the deal with David Fenkel for Oscilloscope. The film is set fo...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Adds to Festival Direct Slate with Fantastic Fest Fims

    IFC Films has added Peter Van Hees's "Left Bank," Natasha Arthy's "Fighter," and Duane Graves & Justin Meeks's "The Wild Man of the Navidad" to its Festival Direct VOD slate and all three films will be screening at this week's Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. The trio are joining Hong-Jin's "The Chaser," Ji-woon Kim's "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," and the French animation collection "Fear(s) of the Dark," at the fest. Those three films will be released in theaters and on VOD, while "Fighter" is set for a November 26, 2008 Festival Direct debut and the other two titles will debut on the VOD platform in 2009. "IFC Films has always been avid supp...

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Channel Likes "Green Porno"

    Sundance Channel has announced that it has secured the international rights for Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno" short films. Beginning September 17, all eight episodes, about the sex life of insects and various creatures, will be available to viewers outside the United States by going to sundancechannel.com/greenporno. In addition, the network plans to syndicate two of the short films, "Snail" and "Worm," on YouTube beginning the same day. "We are delighted to be able to share these unique and irreverent shorts with an international audience," said Christopher Barry, the cable network's Senior Vice President, Digital Media and Business S...

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    iW NEWS | here! Thinks "Straight"

    here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, has announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to "I Can't Think Straight," the first feature film from author-turned-director Shamim Sarif. Regent Releasing, here!'s sister company, will distribute "Straight" on November 21st in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto followed by additional regional markets. Regent will additionally distribute Sarif's second feature "The World Unseen." "We are thrilled to bring Shamim's first two accomplished features to broad audiences this Fall and are confident that audiences will enjoy the uniquen...

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    iW NEWS | Wolfe Acquires "Ready? OK!"

    Wolfe Releasing has announced the acquisition of the gay family comedy "Ready? OK!" Wolfe Video will simultaneously release DVD with an expansive VOD campaign. Directed by James Vasquez, the film details a young boy whose only ally is his gay next door neighbor. "This film is one of the few gay com...

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    VAR | Sony takes 'Step' in right direction

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Australian rights to James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's "Every Little Step: The Journey of A Chorus Line," according to Variety. The film debuted last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    iW NEWS | IFC Braves "Fear Me Not"

    IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Kristian Levring's Danish Drama "Fear Me Not." The distributor plans a 2009 roll out.

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Takes "Tired Black Man" Worldwide

    Worldwide rights to "Diary of a Tired Black Man" from Tim Alexander has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, the company announced Wednesday. Magnolia will screen the film at this weekend's Urbanworld Film Festival in New York and plans a release in 2009. The film is described as a " series of vignet...

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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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