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    iW NEWS | Strand Acquires "Heaven"

    Strand Releasing announced that it has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven," Germany's entry for this year's Academy Awards. "Heaven" won the Prix du Scenario Award at this past Cannes Film Festival, and its Akin's fifth feature, following the success of "Head-On." "We're thri...

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    iW NEWS | Focus Set with Van Sant's "Milk"

    Focus Features has announced a deal for Gus Van Sant's "Milk," starring Sean Penn as the former San Francisco politician, Harvey Milk. Produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, the film will be co-financed by Michael London's Groundswell Productions and Focus Features, and distributed worldwide by Focu...

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    INSIDE WORD | Sony Classics Eyeing "King of England"; Film's Screenings Canceled at Denver Fest

    We hear that... The Czech Republic's 2007 Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film, director Jiri Menzel's "I Served the King of England" (Ogsluhoval Jsem Anglickeho Krale) is closing in on a deal with Sony Pictures Classics.The distributor did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday and Friday. Adapted from Bohumil Hrabali's novel by Jiri Menzel, the film is described as a "tragicomic slice of Czech [life that captures] the rise and fall of a social climber who finds himself on the losing side of WWII." The film had been slated to screen in the narrative competition this weekend at the 30th Denver International Film Fe...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Acquires "Romulus"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to Arclight Films' Australian drama "Romulus, My Father." The directorial debut of actor Richard Roxburgh, "Romulus" stars Eric Bana and Franka Potente and was recently nominated in every single category at the Australian Film Awards, making it the most...

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    iW NEWS | Truly Indie Takes "Fighting For Life"

    Truly Indie will handle the U.S. theatrical release of Academy Award winning director Terry Sanders documentary, "Fighting For Life, which details doctors and nurses fighting on Iraq frontlines. "Sanders explores a side of the war that has been overlooked for too long with compassion and vigor," sai...

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    iW NEWS | Liberation and Upload Aim for "Shotgun Stories"

    Jeff Nichols' directorial debut "Shotgun Stories" has been acquired by Upload Films and Liberation Entertainment, the companies announced recently. The film, produced by "George Washington" director David Gordon Green and collaborator Lisa Muskat, will be released theatrically in early 2008, followed by a DVD release next summer. The film tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect their family. After debuting earlier this year at the Berlin International ...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse to Take "Obscene" Worldwide

    Worldwide rights to Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O'Connor's Toronto '07 doc "Obscene" have been acquired by Arthouse Films, the company announced from AFM Tuesday. Arthouse's David Koh negotiated the deal with Lilly Bright of Curiously Bright Entertainment and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment. The...

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    iW NEWS | First Look and Fortissimo Combine For "Blood"

    Fortissimo Films announced the sale of the US rights of John Woo and Terence Chang produced "Blood Brothers" to First Look Studios. The $10 million Chinese production, the directorial debut of Alexi Tan, was the closing night film of this year's Venice Film Festival. "Gary and the entire First Look...

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    iW NEWS | Wolfe Video Acquires Mulitple Films

    Wolfe Video has acquired the North American rights to four gay titles that played at this years AFM Market. They include "Spider Lillies," the Teddy Award winner at this year's Berlin Film Festival, "Love My Life," "Surveillance 24/7" and "You Belong To Me." "We are excited to be able to add such ac...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Goes "Against The Current"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired the worldwide sales rights to Peter Callahan's "Against The Current." The film stars Joseph Fiennes, Mary Tyler Moore, Justin Kirk and Elizabeth Reaser and details a man's struggle with grief. It is currently in post-production, with presales beginning at this year's Am...

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