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    iW NEWS | First Run For "Save Me"

    First Run Features announced that it has acquired Robert Cary's "Save Me," which premiered at Sundance in 2007 and was the Opening Night Film at OutFest Los Angeles later that year. "Save Me," about a young gay man and the Christian retreat he is brought into, will have a US theatrical premiere at N...

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    HR | Roadside has rights to 'Party'

    "Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to Jason Freeland's feature "Garden Party," reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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    iW NEW | Magnolia Acquires "Buck Howard"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced the acquisition of the North American rights to Sean McGinley's "The Great Buck Howard." Howard, produced by Bristol Bay Productions and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone Pictures, stars John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, and Tom Hanks himself. "'The Great Buck Howard' is a rare find in the current marketplace - a charming, incredibly likeable film that has something for everyone," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Pictures Senior Vice President, Tom Quinn and Head of Business Affairs, Jason Janego, with Creative Artists Agency and...

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    iW NEWS | "FLOW" Goes To Oscilloscope

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures, part of a recording studio, film production and distribution company Yauch recently founded, has announced Irena Salina's documentary, "FLOW: For Love Of Water" as their first acquisition. Oscilloscope acquired North American rights to the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and will release it late summer followed by a DVD release in the winter. The deal was brokered by Josh Braun of Submarine and Steven Starr for the filmmakers with David Fenkel for Oscilloscope. "This film is a wakeup call, and I'm glad for Oscilloscope to be involved in bringing it to a wider audience," said...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes "Gomorrah"

    IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to "Gomorrah," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Matteo Garrone, the film will be released through IFC in Theaters, its day and date distribution plan which makes independent films available to a national audience in theatres and on-demand, simultaneously. The film will also go through IFC Entertainment's exclusive deal with Blockbuster Video. "Just when we thought we had seen it all, Matteo Garrone has reinvented the Italian Mafia picture with such originality and invention that it seems entirely new," said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring in a s...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Gets Cannes' "Waltz With Bashir"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Ari Folman's Cannes Film Festival competition entry, "Waltz With Bashir," its fourth deal of the festival after nabbing North American rights to The Dardenne Brothers' "The Silence of Lorna," Bent Hamer's "O'Horten," and James Toback's "Tyson." Based on Folman's own story, the animated documentary follows the filmmaker's exploration of his lost memories from the Lebanon War of the mid-1980s. "It's about dreams and it's about hallucinations, it's about the sub-conscious," noted Folman, during a Cannes press conference earlier this month. "The basic statement of the...

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    INSIDE WORD | Sony Classics Closing Three Cannes Deals

    Even as Variety proclaimed a dearth of Cannes dealmaking for U.S. based companies, Sony Pictures Classics was closing deals for three festival titles. Word on the Croisette Friday had the company acquiring North American rights to The Dardenne Brothers' "The Silence of Lorna" from the Cannes competi...

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    INSIDE WORD | Madonna's Malawi Doc Headed to Sundance Channel

    Nathan Rissman's "I Am Because We Are," in Cannes this week after a recent debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, is headed for a Sundance Channel deal after a round of negotiations. Madonna, writer, producer and narrator of the documentary about the children of Malawi, engaged in dealmaking with CAA a...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets "Hunger" in Cannes

    IFC Films has announced its latest deal in Cannes, acquiring Steve McQueen's "Hunger" which opened the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section last week. Set in Northern Ireland, the film looks at life in Maze Prison and the 1981 hunger strike led by Bobby Sands. Produced by Laura Hastings-Smith and Robin Gutch as a Blast! Films production for Film4, the film was made in association with Northern Ireland Screen, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Wales Creative IP Fund. IFC's Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers negotiated the deal with Jonathan Page and Ariel Veneziano from Icon Entertainment International and Cassian Elwes o...

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    iW NEWS | Liberation Gets "Buried"

    Liberation Entertainment announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to Chaz Thorne's "Just Buried." "Buried," which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, is a comedic horror film that stars Jay Bucharel and Rose Byrne. "We are greatly looking forward to bringing this wildly funny ...

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