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    Distributors Announce a Slew of Acquisitions as Toronto Heads into Full Swing

    The 30th Toronto International Film Festival's opening night gala barely concluded before news of early deals by at least a few U.S. companies began circulating in self-described "Hollywood North". Announcements included films being acquired that are screening in the festival as well as news from co...

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    Strand Gets Ozon's Latest

    Strand Releasing has acquired Francois Ozon's latest, "Time To Leave" (Le Temps qui reste), in a deal negotiated with Celluloid Dreams. The film, starring Jeanne Moreau, is screening in Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Charlotte Mickie from Celluloid...

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    Strand Releasing Takes U.S. Rights to Cannes '05 Opener "Lemming"

    Culver City, CA-based Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Dominik Moll's psychological thriller, "Lemming," which opened the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in May, the company announced Thursday evening. The film, which stars Laurent Lucas ("Harry, He's Here to Help!"), is in this year's Telluri...

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    Toronto leader 'Water' lands at Fox Searchlight

    A week before the launch of the Toronto International Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired the opening-night world premiere, writer-director Deepa Mehta's "Water." Nicole Sperling reports in the Hollywood Reporter.

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    Sundance Channel Acquires 12 Films From 2005 Sundance Film Festival

    Sundance Channel announced today the acquisition of the pay television rights to 12 films (features, documentaries, and shorts) from the 2005 Sundance Film Festival: Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin"; Adrienne Weiss' "Love, Ludlow"; Mercedes Moncada Rodríguez' "El Immortal"; Vicente Ferraz's "I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth"; David Redmon's "Mardi Gras: Made in China"; Jun Ichikawa's "Toni Takitani"; Stephen Marshall's "This Revolution"; Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads"; Simone Bitton's "Wall"; plus the short films Susan Kraker and Pi Ware's "The Act" and Miguel Arteta's "Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?". The films are scheduled to premiere...

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    IFC Films Joins Weinsteins "Transamerica" Release

    IFC Films has announced plans to partner on the release of Duncan Tucker's "Transamerica" with The Weinstein Company (TWC). IFC will jointly release the film, starring Felicity Huffman as a pre-op transsexual, debuting it at the new IFC Center in downtown Manhattan. In the film, Huffman's character ...

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    De La Iglesia's "El Crimen Perfecto" Set for U.S. Release

    Alex de la Iglesia's "El Crimen Perfecto" (Perfect Crime), formerly known as "El Crimen Ferpecto (Ferpect Crime), will kick-off its U.S. theatrical release later this week from Vitagraph Films. The film, from the director of "The Day of the Beast" and "Perdito Durango," is a black comedy that stars ...

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    TLA Releasing to Take "Beverly Kills" to Theaters in Mid '06

    TLA Releasing has acquired rights to Damion Dietz's comedy, "Beverly Kills," the company announced Monday. The film caught the attention of TLA reps during the recent Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (which TLA is a primary sponsor) and the deal, brokered through New Media En...

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    THINKFilm Takes Rights to "Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till"

    North American rights to Keith Beauchamp's doc "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" have been acquired by THINKFilm, U.S. theatrical head of the company Mark Urman announced Wednesday. Till's murder in Mississippi helped to usher in the American civil rights movement beginning in the 1950s. The film will begin an exclusive engagement at New York's Film Forum on August 17, followed by additional engagements around the country in the autumn to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Till's murder, including a major push to church communities in the south. THINKFilm V.P. of acquisitions, Daniel Katz negotiated on behalf of the company and enter...

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    Sundance Winner "Down to the Bone" and San Sebastian Fav "Cautiva" Picked Up by Laemmle/Zeller Films

    Sundance 2004 award-winner "Down to the Bone" by Debra Granik has been acquired by Laemmle/Zeller Films the group announced Wednesday. Additionally, the company has also picked up rights to Argentine thriller "Cautiva" by Gastón Biraben. Laemmle/Zeller Films will open "Down to the Bone" theat...

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