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    VAR | SPC Gets Demme's Carter Doc

    Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains," from Participant Productions, according to Variety. The trade reports the the film will debut at the Venice Film Festival before screening in Toronto next month.

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    VAR | Strand Gets Hopkins Film

    Strand Releasing has acauired Anthony Hopkins "Slipstream," reports Variety. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group's Peter Schlessel nabbed DVD rights, according to the trade paper.

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires Toronto '07 Film "Love Comes Lately"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Germany to "Love Comes Lately" by Jan Schuette from zero fiction film/zero west filmproduktion. The film, based on a series of short stories by Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Isaac Bashevis Singer and shot in English in several US locations including New York and Los Angeles, starts Otto Tausig ("Nocturne Indienne") and Elizabeth Pena ("Transamerica") "deals with human longings, both real and imagined, and the never ending dream of love and the power of fiction" according to Fortissimo. The film is slated to screen as a Special Presentation in the upcoming Toronto Internationa...

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    IFC Takes New Breillat Film, "The Last Mistress"

    IFC First Take has announced the acquisition of all North American rights to to Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress," which is set to screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival (see indieWIRE lineup article). The film, starring Asia Argento, debuted this year in Cannes and was produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit. Set in 19th century France, it is described as the story of, "the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini and distinguished well-bred Ryno de Marigny." IFC's acquisitions VP Arianna Bocco and director of acquisitions Liz Nastro negotiated the deal with Eric Lagesse and Valentina Merli from Pyramide International...

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    iW NEWS | Kino Picks Up U.S. Rights to "Beaufort" and "Times and Winds"

    All U.S. rights to Joseph Cedar's "Beaufort" (2007) and Turkish director Reda Erdem's "Times and Winds" (2006) have been acquired by Kino International, the company announced Monday. Winner of the 2007 Berlin Film Festival's best director award, "Beaufort" chronicles on a cinemascope canvas the final days of an Israeli army unit's tense, painful withdrawal in 2000 from a strategic fortress near the Lebanese border, marking the end of nearly two decades of controversial occupation. Described as "intensely lyrical," "Times and Winds" took both the FIPRESCI and Best Turkish Film Awards at the 2006 Istanbul Film Festival. The film hauntingly depi...

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    iW NEWS | Truly Indie Fixes "Broken" for U.S.

    Truly Indie will handle the U.S. release of Alan White's thriller "Broken," starring Heather Graham, Jeremy Sisto and Linda Hamilton. The film is described as a "harrowing tale of a young woman trying to move on from her checkered past as her possessive ex-boyfriend threatens to pull her back in." The film premiered at the AFI Film Fest 2006 and has been selected to screen as the opening night film at Visionfest 2007. The film will open theatrically in New York October 5 followed by other select cities including Los Angeles later that month. The deal was negotiated by producer Jerry Wayne with Truly Indie executive director Kelly Sanders and ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take Croons to "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" in North America

    North American theatrical and television rights to to Julien Temple's documentary "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" have been acquired by IFC Entertainment from Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The film will be released under the distributor's day and date banner IFC First Take, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring announced Thursday. The film, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, takes an in-depth look into the myth behind teh front man of seminal British punk band The Clash. Using footage of the late Strummer himself and those who knew him well, the doc chronicles the transformation of John Mellor into an anti-esta...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Takes North and South American Rights to "Brick Lane"

    North and South American rights to Sarah Gavron's ("This Little Life") first feature film, "Brick Lane" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company announced Tuesday. The film is based on the 2003 novel by Monica Ali about a Bangladeshi family living in the UK, and explores the British immigrant experience. Young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen (Tannishtha Chatterjee), arrives in 1980s London, leaving behind her beloved sister and home, for an arranged marriage and a new life. Trapped within the four walls of her flat in East London, and in a loveless marriage with the middle aged Chanu (Satish Kaushik), she fears her soul is quietly...

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    iW NEWS | Media Luna Takes Rights to Locarno Pic "Un Journee"

    Cologne, Germany-based sales company Media Luna Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Jacob Berger's latest, "Un journee," which will have its world premiere at the Piazza Grande at the Locarno International Film Festival, currently underway. Meanwhile, the documentary "La Reina del condon"...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Takes Sales Rights for "Help Me Eros"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Taiwan and Malaysia to Lee Kang-Sheng's "Help Me Eros," described as "a provocative, darkly comic and sexually daring film [which] represents Lee's second feature following his debut 'The Missing' (Bu Jian), winner of the New Currents Award at the Pusan International Film Festival 2003 and the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2003." The deal was brokered between Homegreen Films' Vincent Wang and Fortissimo's co-chairman Wouter Barendrecht. "We have known Lee Kang-Sheng for a long time, since working together on films such as 'Vive L'Amour' and 'What Time is i...

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