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    Lynch Acquires New Lynch Film? Filmmaker Planning to Self-Distribute "Inland Empire"

    David Lynch will self-distribute his latest film, "Inland Empire" in the United States and Canada, according to a report by Gregg Goldstein in The Hollywood Reporter. At a press conference in New York on Friday, when asked about the status of a deal for the movie, Lynch said that the film was "technically" without distribution...now the details are becoming clearer. According to the HR story:Lynch will work with well-known theatrical and home video partners to launch his epic fever dream of a film, retaining all rights to the low-budget project in each service deal. The partnerships will be announced within the next week. A release slated bef...

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    Film Movement Takes "A Simple Curve"

    North American film distributor Film Movement has acquired Canadian director Aubrey Nealon's "A Simple Curve," the group recently announced. A winner for best writer/director at the Nantucket Film Festival, the film is the story of Caleb, the son of hippie parents including his carpenter father who lacks any business acumen. When a friend of his father's arrives in the valley to develop a high-end fishing lodge, Caleb sees fortune looming, provided he can keep his father distracted long enough. But a small deception leads to colossal betrayal, and soon Caleb must face the fact that he's "reached that treasured day when a boy becomes man enoug...

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    Fortissimo Lands Guest's "For Your Consideration"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of worldwide sales rights, outside North America, for Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration." The company made the deal with Shangri-La Entertainment (which produced the film with Castle Rock Entertainment) following the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Next up for the movie, which takes a comedic look at the movie business, awards season and independent filmmaking, is a screening at the 2006 London Film Festival and screenings at next month's American Film Market. Warner Independent Pictures will open the film in the U.S. on November 17th. "Wouter [Barend...

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    Paramount Vantage Gets "Details"

    Paramount Vantage has announced a pre-emptive purchase of Dan Kay's horror script, "Details." Based on a short story by China Mieville and centering around the psychological phenomenon pareidolia, the script is described as telling, "the terrifying story of a daughter who disappears after having uncovered a demonic force only she can see and the father who stops at nothing to bring her back." Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will produce the film, with Steven Schneider and Ian Levy serving as executive producers. According to the announcement, Vantage's EVP of Production and Acquisitions Amy Israel; VP of Production Chad Hamilton and Creat...

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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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