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    Netflix Takes "Prisoner"

    At the Toronto International Film Festival, Netflix has acquired Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein's The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair. The deal is set to be revealed Wednesday in Toronto.

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    Celluloid Dreams Adds Japan Sale for Ozon's Latest

    Celluloid Dreams added another sale to the roster of territories already on board Francois Ozon's new project, "The Real Life of Angel Deverell," closing a deal for Japan (Toshiba Entertainment). The company screened ten minutes from the film for buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival. Previously sold territories for the film include: Benelux (ABC/Cinemien), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Germany (Concorde), Scandinavia (Triangel), Portugal (Atalanta), Greece (Cypress Rosebud), Turkey (Chantier), Mid East (Italia), former Yugoslavia (Tuck), Hungary (Budapest Films), Poland (Gutek), Romania (Media Pro D), Russia/CIS (MGM Paradise), Baltic...

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    "The Hawk is Dying" Soars to Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired North American rights to Julian Goldberger's Sundance and Cannes '06 film, "The Hawk is Dying," starring Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti. Jeff Levy-Hinte of Antidote Films negotiated the deal with Jon Gerrans for Strand. Also representing the film were Rich Klubeck of United Talent Agency and Sue Bodine of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein LLP. Giamatti plays Gainesville, Florida auto upholsterer George Gattling who attempts to change his mundane life by training and taming a wild, red-tailed hawk. He chases his passion while caring for his autistic nephew, played by Michael Pitt ("Last Days") and bec...

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    First Look to Bring "Paris Je t'aime" to North America

    First Look Pictures has acquired North American rights to Cannes 2006 Un Certain Regard opener "Paris, Je t'aime, " the company announced. First Look plans an early 2007 theatrical release for the film that just had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In "Paris, Je t'aime," a number of leading filmmakers each tell the story of a romantic encounter in one of Paris' districts. Participating directors include: Olivier Assayas, Frederic Auburtin & Gerard Depardieu, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel & Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Nata...

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    Del Col and Mavi Win Telefilm Canada Pitch This Competition

    Anthony Del Col and Jagdeep Mavi won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition for their project "Outsourced" Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film  is a feature comedy about a twenty-something computer programmer/slacker who devises the ultimate get-out-of-work scheme: he outsources his own job to India - without telling his boss or co-workers. Del Col and Mavi receive a $10,000 CAD prize to assist with costs related to the development of the project. Applicants were short-listed down to six finalists, who were assigned pitch coaches to help them prepare for the competition. The competition is part of the festival's ...

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    Newmarket Nabs U.S. Rights to "Death of a President"

    Newmarket Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gabriel Range's "Death of a President," one of the buzz titles at this year's Toronto International Film Festival that gained widespread media attention because of its provocative concept. Structured in the form of a documentary, it is the story of a fictional assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush and premiere Sunday night at the festival. The company is committed to a theatrical release of the movie "sooner rather than later," according to Aaron Ryder from Newmarket. In a statement, filmmmaker Range said, "One of the key themes of the film is the media's rush to judgement and ironically, w...

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    "Rescue Dawn" Flies to MGM for North America

    MGM has acquired all North American rights to "Rescue Dawn," the survival story of Dieter Dengler, an American pilot shot down in Viet Cong territory, written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Christian Bale, it was announced today by the company's COO Rick Sands. The film, produced by Gibr...

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    Strand Takes US Rights to "Lights in the Dusk"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk," which is having its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Strand's co-president, Jon Gerrans and Michael Weber of Match Factory. The fi...

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    IFC Announces "Requiem" Deal

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" and will release the film through IFC First Take on October 20th, 2006. The film is having its North American premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and is the true story of a woman from an extremely religious German family, battling epilepsy, who falls in love and apparently becomes possessed, in the words of an announcement, experiencing "a frightening rush of grotesque faces and voices." The film, starring Sandra Hueller, has already won the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress, the Silver Bear and Fipresci prize...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Charbol's Latest

    Following its positive North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, French director Claude Chabrol's "A Comedy of Power" has been picked up by Koch Lorber Films for domestic theatrical and home entertainment release. It will open in limited release in January 2007. A political thriller an...

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