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    iW NEWS | Magnet Scares up North American Rights to "Kiltro" and "Mirageman"

    North American distribution rights to "Kiltro" and "Mirageman" have been picked up by Magnet, the newly formed genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, the group has announced. The deal for the two action films, written, directed and edited by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia SVP, Tom Quinn, and Head of Business Affairs, Jason Janego, with producer Derek Rundell and producer's rep Houston King. Magnet will also produce Zaror's next film, which will be announced soon. "I've never seen anyone with Marko's power and size exhibit such agility and acrobatic skill. He's amazing to watch," commented Quinn in a statement. "I haven't be...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take Picks up Sundance winner "Padre Nuestro"

    Sundance '07 Grand Jury winner "Padre Nuestro" has been acquired by IFC First Take and will be released in Spring of 2008, according to a Friday announcement. [Brian Brooks]

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    iW NEWS | First Run/Icarus Eyes "I For India" for North America

    All North American rights to Sandhya Suri's "I For India" have been acquired by First Run/Icarus Films from Paris-based sales company Dreammachine, the company announced Friday. The film will have its U.S. theatrical debut November 14 at New York's Pioneer Theater. The film, which screened in the wo...

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    iW NEWS | Atopia Goes For "The District!"

    Montreal-based Atopia Distribution has acquired the North American rights to Aron Gauder's Hungarian comedy "The District!". "The District!," an animated musical satire that the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival described as "an Eastern European South Park" has played at nearly 60 fests across the world (including Toronto, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary), winning awards at 13 of them. Atopia will be taking the film out theatrically in the United States and Canada begining next month, with engagements booked in Austin, Boston, Seattle, Montreal and Toronto. The film's theatrical run will be followed by a DVD release on December 4, 2007. [P...

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    iW NEWS | Weinstein To "Walk All Over Me"

    The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. rights to "Walk All Over Me" from Vancouver-based IndustryWorks Distribition. Directed by Robert Cuffley and starring Leelee Sobieski, Tricia Helfer, Jacob Tierney and Lothaire Bluteau, the film is noted as a "coming of age thriller" about a small-town girl (Sobieski) who assumes the identity of a dominatrix (Helfer) to pay the bills. "We were very pleased at the overwhelming response "Walk All Over Me" had in Cannes and Toronto," says Evan Tylor, president and founder of IndustryWorks. "With its obvious commercial appeal, we look forward to a great success in the closing the remaining territories a...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Kalin's "Grace," Lin's "Game"

    Tom Kalin's "Savage Grace" and Justin Lin's "Finishing the Game" have been acquired by IFC Entertainment. Kalin's "Grace," from this year's Cannes Film Festival, is only the director's second feature after his acclaimed early-90s indie, "Swoon" (although he produced "Go Fish" and "I Shot Andy Warhol"). Produced by Killer Films, Monfort Producciones, and Celluloid Dreams, Kalin's film stars Julianne Moore in the true story of Barbara Baekeland. It was written by Howard Rodman. Lin's "Finishing The Game," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, is a mockumentary about casting a replacement for Bruce Lee in an unfinished f...

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    iW NEWS | Myriad Planning North American Release of Argento Film; Weinsteins Make DVD/TV Deal

    Following a recent Toronto International Film Festival debut, Myriad Pictures has announced that it will release Dario Argento's "The Mother of Tears" theatrically in North America, while the company also said Tuesday that The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. DVD and TV rights (as well as Canadi...

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    HR | SPC commits to 'Married'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Ira Sachs' "Married Life," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, is set for the upcoming New York Film Festival.

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Guy Maddin Film in Toronto

    As the Toronto International Film Festival winds down, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Entertainment. In the words of a festival description, Maddin's playful, docu-style rumination on his hometown, "continues in the freewheeling, genre-bending tradition that has made him one of Canada's most consistently intriguing and internationally respected artists." The filmmaker performed a live narration for the film at its Toronto festival premiere last week. Canadian rights to "My Winnipeg" are set with Maximum Films, while London-based Soda Pictures has nabbed rights for the fil...

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    HR | 'Bill' sees dollar signs in Toronto

    Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann's "Bill" has been acquired by First Look Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, from GreeneStreet Films, stars Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba, among others. It was produced by John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, and Matthew Rowland.

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