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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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    Film Movement Picks Up Three

    North American film distribution company Film Movement has announced their acquisition of three films: "MadeinUSA," by Claudia Llosa (Spain/Peru), "Men at Work," by Mani Haghighi (Iran) and "The Great Match," by Geraldo Olivares (Spain/Germany). The films will be released through Film Movement's distribution model that simultaneously releases films through theatres, television and DVD in an attempt to bring award-winning films to a larger audience. "We are proud to be able to present these three impressive films to fans all across the country in theatres, libraries, living rooms and on TV," said Stuart Litman, President of Film Movement. "Mad...

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    IFC Gets Toronto Doc, "...So Goes The Nation"

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's doc "...So Goes The Nation," which will have its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. More details will be published in indieWIRE's daily dispatch from the Toronto festival.

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    Beta Expands Toronto Sales Slate

    Beta Cinema has added Bully Herbig's "Hui Buh" to its roster of German titles at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The story of "lovable, bumbling castle ghost," the film is doing well in its German release, and was a hit printed and audio book. Beta is also selling Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes", Hans Steinbichler's "Winter Journey" and "The Lives of Others" by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a winner at the recent Locarno Film Festival that was acquired for U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures Classics in the States and was showcased over the weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. It has already been sold in 40 countries, inclu...

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    ThinkFilm Clicks with "10 Items"

    With the world premiere of Brad Silberling's "10 Items or Less" approaching at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, ThinkFilm has announced a deal to release the movie in North America. The film, written and director by Silberling, stars Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in a comedy about a big time movie star (Freeman) who is exploring a potential as a supermarket manager when he meets a woman (Vega) who helps him discover what drew him to acting in the first place. Just weeks after the theatrical release, the movie will have its broadband premiere on ClickStar, a new online movie download service backed, in part, by Freeman. [Eugene H...

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    Block Sets Truly Indie Release for "51 Birch Street"

    Doug Block's "51 Birch Street," which debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, will be released by Truly Indie on October 18th. The documentary, produced by Block and Lori Cheatle, is the story of Block's own parents -- after the death of Block's mother, he learns that his father is moving to Florida to be with his secretary from 40 years ago and over the course of the film reveals the secrets of his own family. "'51 Birch Street' is that rare film that perfectly and gracefully captures the drama of life-changing events as family secrets are uncovered," said Truly Indie's Kelly Sanders in a statement. "Done in such a profou...

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