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    iW NEWS | here! says "Ciao" to America

    North American rights to "Ciao" by Yen Tan have been acquired by here! Films for a planned autumn theatrical release through sister entity, Regent Releasing, the company announced Thursday. The film, which won the jury prize for best feature at the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, is described as an "emotionally astute film about the incidental friendship between two strangers living in two different parts of the world. Their connection is linked by the unexpected loss of a mutual friend. One has been with him for many years and the other has never even met him, but may have gotten to know him on a more intimate level...

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    iW NEWS | "The Pool," from Vitagraph, Among Film Forum's Fall Premieres

    Chris Smith's "The Pool" from Vitagraph Films will have its theatrical debut in September at New York City's Film Forum. The film, acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival last year, is set for Film Forum along with a number of new indies and docs. Also on tap this fall are: Koji Masutani's "Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived" (September 17th), Lance Hammer's self-distributed "Ballast" (October 1st), Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners," also from Oscilloscope (October 15th), Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded" from Zeitgeist Films (October 22nd), Mijke de Jong's "Stages" (November 5th), Kevin Rafferty's "Harvard Beats Yale 29 - 29" (November 19th), ...

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    iW NEWS | Fox Searchlight Gets "Ruins"

    Fox Searchlight announced that it will distribute the "My Life In Ruins" in North America, Australia and New Zealand. The film stars Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss, and was directed by Donald Petrie. "Given the wildly enthusiastic audience response, we are thrilled to be distributing the film,"...

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    iW NEWS | Oscilloscope Gets Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy"

    North American rights to Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy," from this year's Cannes Film Festival, have been acquired by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's upstart distribution company Oscilloscope Pictures. The film, starring Michele Williams, will have its theatrical debut in December at New York City's Film Forum. The story of a woman and her dog who are sidetracked in Oregon while en route to Alaska, the film is based on Jonathan Raymond's short story Train Choir. David Fenkel of Oscilloscope Pictures negotiated the acquisition of the film with Tanja Meissner of Memento Films International, with producers Neil Kopp and filmscience's Anish Savjani....

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    iW NEWS | Here!/Regent Get "Tru Loved"

    Here! Networks has announced a theatrical and worldwide sales deal for Stewart Wade's "Tru Loved," which closed Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival tonight (Monday) in Southern California. The story of a teen moved to a conservative SoCal commmunity by her lesbian moms, the film follows the girl's friendship with a closeted high school football player and her founding of a campus gay-straight alliance. "We are honored to bring Stewart Wade's accomplished and transformative second feature to U.S. audiences this fall," said the Regent's Mark Reinhart, in a statement. "'Tru Loved' falls squarely into our company mission by offe...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets "Native Dancer"

    Fortissimo Films has announced a deal for Guka Omarova's "Native Dancer." Written "Mongol" director Sergei Bordov, the film is the story of a spiritual healer from Kazakhstan. Set for a fall festival debut, the movie was co-produced and financed by The CTB Film Company, The National Studio "Kazakhfi...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Films to Play "Ping Pong" in the U.S.

    U.S. rights to Jessica Yu's "Ping Pong Playa" have been picked up by IFC Films with a planned theatrical release slated for September 5, the company announced Friday. The film, which marks the fiction feature debut for Yu, will close Asian-American Film Festival July 19th in New York. Arianna Bocco, Vice President of Production and Acquisitions for IFC Films negotiated the deal with ICM and The Firm. The film follows a streetwise suburban man who waxes political on all things Asian American and clings to pro basketball pipe dreams. But when misfortune strikes his family, he must overcome living at home, working a dead-end job and his worldly ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets "Weird"

    Kim Jee-Woon's Asian Western, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" has been acquired by IFC Films, in a deal for North American rights. Inspired by Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," the film debuted this year in Cannes and is on tap as a Gala at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. It will hit IFC's day-and-date theatrical/VOD windows next year. "Kim Jee-Woon has taken the action-western to a new level," said Jonathan Sehring, IFC Entertainment president, in a statement "It is a film that both in size and scope looks and feels like Hollywood studio production; a tremendous achievement in filmmaking that solidifies Kim's ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes "Brilliance"

    IFC Entertainment announced its acquisition of the worldwide rights to writer-director Lynn Shelton's "My Effortless Brilliance." The film, which had its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival, will also screen as part of Rooftop Films in New York City on August 1. The film follows a novelist who decides to take a detour from his latest book tour to reconnect with his ex-best friend. IFC will release the film on Festival Direct in August 2008. "Films like 'My Effortless Brilliance' are why Festival Direct was created," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, in a statement. "With the shifting marketplace, a film as ...

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    Sony Classics Gets "O'Horten"

    North American rights to Bent Hamer's "O'Horten" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Described as "a bittersweet tale of train engineer Odd Horten, retiring after 40 years of traveling a very stable rail and now, uneasily, having to adapt to his new life as a pensioner," the film debuted in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes and will have its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, with an early '09 release on tap. Michael Weber from The Match Factory made the deal with Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner from Sony Pictures Classics. "We are excited to be working on "O'Horten" and ...

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