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    here! To "Race You to the Bottom" Worldwide

    here! Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights to writer/director Russell Brown's "Race You to the Bottom." Set in modern day California, the film follows Nathan, a travel journalist, as he is assigned to write about romantic hotspots in the Napa Valley. He invites Maggie, the woman he has been seeing for months, to come along for a passionate weekend getaway. Trouble is, Maggie already has a boyfriend - and so does Nathan. The film, which is Brown's directorial debut, will be released theatrically in early 2007 in select cities nationwide through here! Films sister company Regent Releasing. here! Films is the theatrical distribution ...

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    Film Movement Goes "Monster" and "Cheek" in North America

    Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Norwegian writer/director Arild Ostin Ommundsen's "Monster Thursday," and Indian director Mani Ratnam's "A Peck on the Cheek," the company's president Stuart Litman announced Tuesday. According to Film Movement, "Monster Thursday" centers on Even, a young man who leads a directionless life. Tord, his best friend, is the opposite: a great surfer with a prestigious job and beautiful Karen as his bride who Even secretly desires. When Tord asks him to look after Karen while he is out of town, Even decides to clean up his act and master the waves to impress her." The film screened in competition...

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    IFC Bringing "This Film is Not Yet Rated" to Theaters

    Sundance 2006 feature "This Film is Not Yet Rated" will open September 1st in New York and Los Angeles via IFC Films, the company announced Monday afternoon. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick ("Twist of Faith"), the IFC Television production examines the Motion Picture Association of A...

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    IFC Gets Two Argentine Films For First Take

    Fabian Bielinsky's "The Aura" and Daniel Burman's "Family Law," two acclaimed Argentine films, have been added to the slate of IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label launched this year by IFC Entertainment. The deal, with sales company Celluloid Dreams, follows the recent Cannes market ...

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    Magnolia Strikes Again With Cannes Market Deal for "Severance"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Christopher Smith's "Severance," a film the company first saw at the recent Marche du Film in Cannes. Magnolia closed the deal for the horror-comedy with HanWay Films. The pact marks the second Cannes deal closed by the company, following its...

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    Tartan Gets "Red Road"

    Tartan USA has acquired U.S. rights to Andrea Arnold's Cannes competition film "Red Road". The film is Arnold's debut feature following her Oscar for best short film for "Wasp" in 2005. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    Kino Scores U.S./Canadian Rights to Reichardt's Acclaimed "Old Joy"

    One of the most acclaimed U.S. independent films from the 2006 festival circuit so far, Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy," has been acquired for U.S. and Canadian distribution by Kino International. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and later screened at the Berlin In...

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    CMG Gets "The Treatment" for Cannes

    Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired all international rights to the romantic comedy, "The Treatment," which won the Tribeca Film Festival's "Made in New York - Best Narrative Feature" award recently. The film, directed by Oren Rudavsky, is described as a "moving and funny love story about a nerdy but likeable intellectual who finds the woman of his dreams, with an eccentric Freudian psychoanalyst." Chris Eigeman ("The Last Days of Disco") and Ian Holm ("The Lord of the Rings") star in the film. "We are thrilled to have discovered 'The Treatment' at Tribeca," commented GMG president Edward Noeltner in a statement. "It's the perfect New ...

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    Fortissimo Gets Worldwide Rights to Weerasethakul's Latest

    Leading sales company Fortissimo Films has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Syndromes and A Century," one of seven films commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival celebrating Mozart. In an announcement, the film was described as exploring, "how we remember and how our sense of happiness can be acquired by something so insignificant. The film focuses on the memories of two doctors, one male and one female, and is inspired by the filmmaker's parents before they were lovers. The two reminiscences are told over two architectural spaces, one when the filmmaker was young, and the other in contempora...

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    ThinkFilm Makes Worldwide Deal for "Off The Black"; Will Sell International Rights at Cannes Market

    James Ponsoldt's "Off The Black" has been acquired by ThinkFilm, in a worldwide rights deal announced by the company Thursday. Think will be handling international sales for the film at the Cannes market next week. A 2006 Sundance Film Festival debut, the film is described as the "coming-of-age stor...

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