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    Lions Gate Nabs U.S. Rights to 2005 Venice Pic "Don't Tell"

    Lionsgate announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cristina Comencini's Italian Oscar entry "Don't Tell" ("La bestia nel cuore"). A Cattleya and Rai Cinema production, the film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, where its female star, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, won the Volpi Cup for best female performance. "Don't Tell" narrates the story of Sabina (Mezzogiorno), a young woman whose peaceful existence is shattered by a series of nightmares that open a window of memories to her inner world: her childhood, her family and the rites of a strict yet reassuring middle-class upbringing. Seeking answers, she flies to America t...

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    IFC Films Takes North American Rights to "Brothers of the Head"

    IFC Films and Tartan Films have picked up North American and U.K. distribution rights respectively to FilmFour's "Brothers of the Head," directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe. The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and IFC Films is planning a July release. "Brothers of the Head" is centered on the odyssey of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. Grappling with impossible love, artistic rivalry, and a dark inner life, the twins embrace their freakishness and spit it back in the form of searing punk rock. The North American deal ...

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    Picture This! Entertainment to Take "Whole New Thing" to U.S. Theaters

    Picture This! Entertainment announces today its acquisition of the controversial Canadian coming-of-age, comedic drama "Whole New Thing" directed by Amnon Buchbinder. An official selection of both the 2005 Toronto and 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festivals, the film will hit U.S. theatres in Autumn 2006 after after completing its festival run. The film centers on precocious 13-year-old Emerson Thorsen, home-schooled by hippie parents Kaya and Rog in rural Nova Scotia. After enrolling in the local junior high, Emerson develops a crush on English teacher Don Grant, a gay man stuck in a life of perpetual adolescence. The U.S. acquisition...

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    Polychrome Opens Theatrical Deal for "Red Doors"

    Writer/director Georgia Lee's award-winning debut feature film "Red Doors," produced by Blanc de Chine Entertainment, will be distributed by Polychrome Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Home Video. Polychrome acquired theatrical rights to "Red Doors" and will also handle TV and home video distribution via their Warner Bros. deal. In addition, Forward Entertainment has come on board to represent the film for worldwide sales excluding North America. The deals were brokered by Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures; Deutchman is also executive producer on the film. The film premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was awarded b...

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    IFC Films Announces Deal for Cuesta's "Twelve and Holding"

    Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment, has announced the IFC Films deal for U.S. theatrical rights to Michael Cuesta's "Twelve and Holding" which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September. "Twelve and Holding" is Cuesta's new feature following the award-winner...

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    Castle Hill Productions Drives Worldwide Theatrical Rights for "The Tollbooth"

    Castle Hill Productions has acquired worldwide theatrical rights to writer/director Debra Kirschner's "The Tollbooth," the company announced Tuesday. The Hamptons International Film Festival film will open at the Quad Cinemas in New York February 3rd with dates in Long Island, NY and Los Angeles to follow. The film comically explores the dynamics of a contemporary Jewish American family living in Brooklyn. Marla Sokoloff ("The Practice") stars in this coming-of-age story about a young woman's struggle to find her identity as she rebels and questions her family's values. The deal was negotiated by Castle Hill Productions' president of marketi...

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    Palm Pictures to Canvas "Who Gets to Call it Art?" in North American and Caribbean Theaters in '06

    Palm Pictures announced Thursday it has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Peter Rosen's feature film "Who Gets to Call it Art?" The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures and Arthouse Films and David G. Lubell of Propp Lubell & Lapidus on behalf of Rosen of Peter Rosen Productions. Palm Pictures plans a theatrical release in early 2006 followed by a DVD release under the Arthouse Films label. The deal was closed at the Goldeneye Film Festival in Jamaica, an annual event organized by Koh and Palm Pictures founder, Chris Blackwell. The film explores the 1960's New York art scene wit...

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    Wellspring Gets U.S. Rights to Chereau's Latest, "Gabrielle"

    Wellspring has announced a deal for all U.S. rights to Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle," starring Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory in an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's short story, "The Return." The company, owned by Genius Products, which recently announced a deal with The Weinstein Company, acquir...

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    Shadow Distribution to Open "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" in the U.S.

    Shadow Distribution will handle the U.S. release of Liz Mermin's doc "The Beauty Academy of Kabul," which will open in New York at the Angelika Film Center on March 24 and in Los Angeles in April. Other cities will follow, according to the company. The film follows Western women (some of whom emigrated from Afghanistan in the early 1980s), who return to Kabul to open an American-style school for beauticians. Mermin and her crew of three other women, plus a female translator, spent 10 weeks in Kabul building trust on camera and off, and documenting the subtle transformations and amusing cultural exchanges that took place over three intense mon...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    Koch Lorber Films has announced a deal for U.S. and Canadian theatrical and DVD rights to Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis." The film, produced by Steve Shainberg, shared the International Documentary Association's top prize for best documentary this year, to be presented tonight (December 9th)...

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