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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Eran Riklis' "Lemon Tree"

    IFC Entertainment has acquired Eran Riklis' Berlinale Panorama audience award winner "Lemon Tree." The Israeli drama, from the filmmaker of 2004's "Syrian Bride," was co-produced by Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt and Riklis. "Eran is a born filmmaker who, through an almost unspoken relationship that develops between two women over a lemon tree orchard, is able to convey more about the state of the Middle East than most newspaper headlines," praised IFC's Jonathan Sehring, in a statement. The company's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Didar Domehri from sales company Films Distribution. [Eugene Hernandez...

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    iW NEWS | Churchill Downs and Truly Indie Team for Derby Release

    The U.S. theatrical release of Brad and John Hennegan's Kentucky Derby documentary, "The First Saturday in May" will be handled jointly by Churchill Downs Incorp. and Truly Indie. The film will open in major markets including New York and Los Angeles on April 18 with a planned expansion on April 25....

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    iW NEWS | Goldwyn Brings "Paris" to America

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights to French director Cedric Klapisch's "Paris," the company announced Tuesday. The film, which recently had its U.S. premiere in New York at the Rendez Vous with French Cinema series, is set against the city of lights starring Juliette Binoche in a story that connects characters with "emotion, humor and sensitivity." The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn with Studio Canal's Saya Huddleston on behalf of the filmmakers. "'Paris' works on every level -- it is a beautifully told story with an exceptional cast including the city itself which has never looked so radiant and compelling on screen," comm...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Captain Abu Raed"

    2008 Sundance Film Festival award winner "Captain Abu Raed" has been acquired for worldwide rights outside the Middle East and North America by Fortissimo Films. "Captain," directed by Amin Matalqa is the first Jordanian feature film to ever be exported for the world's cinemas. It garnered the World...

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    SXSW '08 DISPATCH | As "Nights and Weekends" Debuts, Swanberg & Gerwig Sign Worldwide Deal with IFC

    The SXSW Film Festival, annual meeting place for that infamous interconnected movement of new American filmmakers known as Mumblecore, has yielded a deal for the new film from prolific DIY director Joe Swanberg. In a pact brokered in recent days, IFC Entertainment quickly acquired worldwide rights t...

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    iW NEWS | ThinkFilm Takes "Momma's Man"

    Azazel Jacob's "Momma's Man" has been acquired by ThinkFilm in a deal for North American rights, the company confirmed today. A Sundance Film Festival debut earlier this year, the film will screen this month at the New Directors/New Films series and then have an exclusive release later this year. It tells the story of Mikey, a young man who returns to the comfort of his parents and the home where he grew up instead of rejoining his own wife and newborn baby in Los Angeles. For the deal, ThinkFilm is reteaming with some of the backers of their 2006 release, "Half Nelson." The film was produced by Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray, and executive produ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Acquires "Fear(s)"

    IFC has acquired all North American rights to French animated film "Fears(s) of the Dark." "Dark" is the work of six graphic artists and cartoonists, Blutch, Marie Caillou, Pierre DiSciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire and Charles Burns who stylized nightmares based on their own phobias using ...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Gets "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced a deal for worldwide rights to Christopher Bell's timely steroids doc, "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia will release the film in theaters later this year, followed by an HDNET broadcast. "I love this movie!" said Mark Cuban, owner of Magnolia, Landmark Theaters, HDNET, and the Dallas Mavericks, "It's informative, fascinating and hysterical - all the things a movie about steroids should be. You can't miss this one if you are a sports fan." Cinetic Media brokered the deal with Tom Quinn, Dori Begley and Jason Janego from Magnolia. In a recent interview w...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Lavishes "Gloss"

    Fortisimo Films has acquired "Gloss," which will have a gala screening at next month's Hong Kong International Film Festival. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky ("Nutcracker: The Real Story") takes a satirical and sexy look at the wave of capitalism sweeping through Russia. The film takes a "Cinderella-esque" story and interweaves it with a social commentary on the modernization of the Russian economy, examining its effects on those desperately trying to break out of their once inescapable poverty. The deal, for world wide sales rights outside France and Russia, was brokered by Fortissimo co-chair Michael J. Werner and Andrei Konchalovsky. The f...

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    iW NEWS | MK2 Canvases Panorama Doc "With Gilbert & George"

    World rights to Julian Cole's Berlinale Panorama doc "With Gilbert & George" have been acquired by MK2. The film traces the relationship and creative partnership between the two artists. The film follows the pair not only to exhibitions in Russia and China, and follows them to their inner sanctum: t...

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