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    iW NEWS | Arthouse and Sidetrack Team for "Beautiful Losers"

    Worldwide rights to Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's "Beautiful Losers" have been acquired by Arthouse Films, which will partner with Sidetrack Films on global distribution. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment, along with Jared Moshe and Richard Lim of Sidetrack Films on behalf of the directors and producers. The film has already been acquired and recently released in Japan through Phantom Films and opened in the U.S. this summer. Focusing on a loose-knit group of American artists, the doc is the the story of how a group of outsiders with little or no formal trai...

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    iW NEWS | "$9.99" For Regent

    The North American rights to Tatia Rosenthal's stop motion animated "$9.99" have been acquired by Regent Releasing. Regent acquired the film from international sales agent Fortissimo Films and will distribute it in select U.S. cities in the Spring of 2009. "$9.99" is the third film Regent Releasing picked up from Fortissimo at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The other previously announced deals were for "Serbis" and "Tokyo Sonata." "We are thrilled to bring Tatia Rosenthal's brilliantly innovative first feature to U.S. audiences," said Regent's Mark Reinhart in a statement. "Regent is committed to showcasing innovative filmmak...

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    Fantastic Fest Favorite "Chocolate" Acquired By Magnet

    North American rights to Prachya Pinkaew's "Chocolate" have been acquired by Magnet Releasing. The film, which premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival and just won the Audience Award runner-up prize at Fantastic Fest, will be released theatrically in 200...

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    iW NEWS | "Country" For Film Movement

    Czech drama "The Country Teacher," directed by Bohdan Slama, will be released in North American through Film Movement. The film, about a young teacher that takes a job teaching at a grammar school in the Bohemian countryside, played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. "It is very exciting for us to acquire another film by gifted director Bohdan Slama," said Adley Gartenstein, President of Film Movement, in a statement. "He has proven once again that he can get incredibly nuanced and heartfelt performance from his actors, while telling a simple yet universal story that we know North American audiences will ...

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    iW NEWS | "Mancora" For Maya

    Ricardo de Montreuil's "Mancora," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Maya Entertainment, a vertically integrated, multi-platform media company targeting the U.S. Latino market. The announcement was made at the film's screening at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The film stars Elsa Pataky, Jason Day and Enrique Murciano as three people on a road trip. The deal was negotiated by Jose Martinez, Jr., head of acquisitions, and Tonantzin Esparza, director of acquisitions for Maya Entertainment, along with Debra Fisher of Cinetic Media on behalf of De Montreuil and the film's Producer, Diego...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Takes "Tokyo Sonata" for North America

    North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Tokyo Sonata," which took the jury prize at this year's Un Certain Regard in Cannes have been acquired by Regent Releasing from Fortissimo, the company announced Tuesday. Regent plans an early 2009 theatrical release in select cities. The film is the second film that Regent picked up at the recent Toronto International Film Festival from Fortissimo Films. Regent also acquired "Serbis" at TIFF '08 and both films will make their U.S. premiere at the upcoming 46th New York Film Festival. Set in contemporary Tokyo, "Tokyo Sonata" is a story of an ordinary Japanese family of four that hides their inner...

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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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