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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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    Sony Classics Take North American/Latin American Rights to Tucker's Upcoming "And When Did You Last

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America and Latin America rights to U.K. director Anand Tucker's ("Shopgirl") new feature length film "And When Did You Last See Your Father?" The film, being shot this coming October, is based on the award-winning memoir by established British author Blake Morrison and stars Colin Firth as Morrison and Jim Broadbent as his father, Arthur Morrison. Set in the Yorkshire Dales and London, the film is a "moving father son love story" told through flashbacks by son Blake. Trying to deal with the fact that his father is terminally ill, Blake reflects back on humorous, embarrassing and upsetting childhood a...

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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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