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    "Paranoid" Set for IFC Release in U.S.; MK2 Sells Film in 72 Territories

    Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," which has been acquired by IFC First Take for a U.S. release, has been sold in some 72 territories according to Marin and Nathanael Karmitz's French company MK2, which fully finananced the movie. MK2 said Wednesday that the film, winner of the special 60th Anniversary...

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    iW NEWS | NonStop Makes "4 Months" Deal

    In a deal with Wild Bunch, NonStop Entertainment has announced its acquisition of Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," winner of the Palme d'or at the recent Cannes Film Festival. The company will release the movie in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, while IFC First Take is handling the U.S. release after acquiring the film last week in France. Set in a small town in Romania, the film is the story of two university students dealing with an unwanted pregnancy during the last years of Communism. "We are very proud to bring home the critically acclaimed Palm d'Or winner '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days'," said N...

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    More Deals Mark Cannes Fest: "Control" and "Paranoid Park"

    Another pair of Festival de Cannes films are finding distribution in the United States. The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to Anton Corbijn's "Control," according The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which opened the 2007 Directors' Fortnight section, also won a trio of awards on ...

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    iW NEWS | Miramax Captures Schnabel's "Butterfly"

    Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon) has been acquired by Miramax Films, in a deal for all North American rights to the Cannes '07 competition film. Adapted by Ronald Harwood, the film is the story of former editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine in France, Jean-Dominique Bauby. Mathieu Amalric portrays Bauby, who, after suffering a debilitating stroke, was forced compose his autobiography entirely by dictation through a series of blinks, grunts and movements. He died in France three days after the book was published. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Kilik, the film also stars Emmanuelle Seigner a...

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    iW NEWS | Roadside Buys "Caramel"

    U.S. rights to Nadine Labaki's "Caramel" have been acquired by Roadside Attractions. The Cannes Directors Fortnight film is the story of five Lebanese women in a Beirut beauty shop. Roadside co-president Howard Cohen negotiated the deal with Raphael Berdugo of Roissy Films. Labaki wrote the first fe...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes Two Cannes '07 Titles

    IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label from U.S. based IFC Entertainment, has announced the acquisition of two films from the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival: Cristian Mungui's competition film, "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" and Hsiao-Hsien's "Flight of the Red Balloon" from the Un Certain Regard section. "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," set during the last days of Communism in Romania, depicts two young women facing the end of unwelcome pregnancies, while "Flight of the Red Balloon," set in Paris, is the story of boy and his babysitter in the same imaginary world where they are followed around the city by a red balloo...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Gets Graffiti Doc and Cartier-Bresson Set

    Arthouse Films has announced its acquisition of North American, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights (minus television), to Pablo Aravena's feature length documentary film on global graffiti, "NEXT: A Primer on Urban Painting." Arthouse will continue the North American theatrical release in a deal brokered by David Koh, Head of Acquisitions and Production for Arthouse Films and partner Lilly Bright and her Curiously Bright Entertainment with Nadja Romain of Lovestreams Productions and Pablo Aravena. Additionally, the company has acquired North American DVD rights to the Henri Cartier-Bresson double DVD boxed set. The set features...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Announces "Band" Deal

    Eran Kolirin's first feature, "The Band's Visit" has been acquired for distribution in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada in an acquisition deal by Sony Pictures Classics here in Cannes. The Israeli film, screening in the festival's Un Certain Regard section, stars Sasson Gabai ("Made in Israel" and "Aviva Ahuvati") as well as three-time Best Actress winner at the Israeli Academy Awards, Ronit Elkabetz ("Sh'Chur," "Hatuna Meuheret," and "Ve'Lakhta Lehe Isha"). The film is described as the story of an Egyptian Police band that loses their way while traveling to Israel to perform at an Arab cultural center. Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dy...

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    iW NEWS | "Band's Visit" Buzz

    Met with a lengthy standing ovation here in Cannes, Eran Kolirin's Cannes Un Certain Regard feature film, "The Band's Visit," is nearing a North American distribution deal after locking up pacts in international territories. Produced by July August Productions, Bleiberg Entertainment, and Sophie Dul...

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    iW NEWS | TLA Likes "Naked Boys"

    TLA Releasing has acquired North American Theatrical and DVD Rights for the United Kingdom to Funny Boy Films' "Naked Boys Singing! The Movie." The film is co-directed by Robert Schrock and Troy Christian and is scheduled to be released this Fall. It is adapted from the popular play that debuted in...

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