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    New Yorker Gets Sissako's "Bamako"

    New Yorker Films has announced its acquisition of Abderrahmane Sissako's "Bamako," which is screening early next week at the New York Film Festival. The film, which has already screened at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, will be released in Februrary 2007. Described as, "The intimate personal story of an African couple on the verge of breaking up is told alongside very public political proceedings. The country’s civil society is taking action against the international financial institutions whom they directly blame for Africa’s woes." It was executive produced by Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes of Louverture Films, who will join the dir...

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    ThinkFilm Gets French Oscar Entry

    ThinkFilm has announced a deal for U.S. rights to "Orchestra Seats" ("Fauteuils D'Orchestre"), France's Oscar foreign language film entry which has been re-titled "Avenue Montaigne." Set for a February 2007 release, the film was directed by Daniele Thompson ("La Buche," "Jet Lag") and co-written by the filmmaker and her sonChristopher Thompson. It is described as the story of a woman from the French provinces (played by Cecile de France) who moves to Paris and becomes a waitress on the city's famous fashion boulevard, Avenue Montaigne. Her customers include a number of notable individuals, but according to an announcement, "Precisely because ...

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    Koch Lorber Picks up Tribeca '06 Winner "Blessed by Fire"

    Koch Lorber has picked up North American theatrical and video rights to Tristan Bauer's "Blessed by Fire" (Illuminados por el fuego), the company announced Friday. The film, which won the Founders Award for best narrative feature at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival as well as the Spanish Goya for best foreign film, is the first Argentine feature dealing directly with the Falkland Islands war legacy by exposing the scars caused by the early '80s conflict with the U.K. "Blessed by Fire" was picked up in a deal with Spanish sales group Latido. Koch Lorber plans additional dates on the festival circuit followed by a second quarter '07 release. "Thi...

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    MGM Gets "Pleasure of Your Company"

    MGM has announced a deal for North American rights to Michael Ian Black's romantic comedy "The Pleasure of Your Company," following the film's recent screening at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. The company is planning a wide release of the film. Financed by GreeneStreet Films, the movie was also produced by Fugitive Films. The film, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, also features Edward Herrmann, Joe Pantoliano, Joanna Gleason, Margo Martindale and Rob Corddry. It was executive produced by Fisher Stevens, Bruna Papandrea and Tim Williams and produced by John Penotti, Jamie Gordon, Sam Hoffman, and Courtney Potts. Jonathan B...

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    Sony Classics Announces "Black Book" Deal

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced a deal for all North American, Australia/New Zealand and India rights to Paul Verhoven's "Black Book" (Zwartboek), the Dutch entry for the 2006 foreign langage Academy Award. The film recently screened at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto Int...

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    IFC Shift Leads to Deal for Dahl Film

    At IFC Entertainment, the company has announced a preemptive North American deal for John Dahl's new film "You Kill Me," a mob comedy currently in post. The pact for a high profile new movie marks a shift for IFC Films, which will now distinguish itself from its sibling IFC First Take label which re...

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    Beta Touts Kraus' "Four Minutes"

    Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes," which screened at both the recent Shanghai Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, has closed deals in a dozen countries, according to Beta Cinema. While the company said that negotiations for a U.S. deal are reaching the final stage, they also announced pacts for distribution in Japan (Gaga), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), and the Benelux countries (ABC Distribution / Cinemien). The film is the story of a young woman convicted of murder who encounters an aging piano teacher. In the words of an announcement, the instructor, "plans to turn Jenny back into what she was before th...

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    Marking A Strategic Shift at IFC, Company Nabs Dahl's "You Kill Me"

    In a deal that marks a shift in strategy for the company, last week in Toronto IFC Films negotiated a preemptive North American pact for John Dahl's new film, "You Kill Me." Currently in post-production, the mob comedy will be released nationwide next year and stars Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni and Luke ...

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    Picturehouse Makes "El Cantante" Deal

    Picturehouse has closed a deal for North American rights to Leon Ichaso's "El Cantante," starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The story of famed salsa performer Hector Lavoe, the film debuted earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company is eyeing a Summer '07 release for the film. "El Cantante is a vibrant and heart-wrenching film full of outstanding performances and glorious music," said Picturehouse president Bob Berney, in a statement. "Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are amazing and share a chemistry rarely seen on film. We are proud to be working with Leon Ichaso and look forward to bringing this movin...

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    "Air Guitar Nation" Acquired By Docurama

    With popular showings last spring at SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival under its belt, documentary "Air Guitar Nation" has been picked up Docurama films for a Spring 2007 release, the company announced. After releasing over 150 documentaries on DVD, "Nation" marks Docurama's expansion to the theatr...

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