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    HR | Sony gets some 'Sugar'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's "Sugar," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal marks the fourth feature acquisition out of this year's Sundance Film Festival for SPC, after nabbing Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" and The Duplas...

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    iW NEWS | THINK Takes "The Escapist" for North America

    North American rights to Rupert Wyatt's directorial debut "The Escapist" have been picked up by THINKFilm, the company announced Thursday. The thriller had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will open theatrically in the Fall of '08 according to THINK's theatrical division head Mark Urman. Urman and the company's VP of acqusitions, Ben Stambler, negotiated the deal with Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt of Goalpost Film, and Cassian Elwes of William Morris Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. In the film, Brian Cox stars as a man who is serving a life sentence in prison. When a letter informs him that his daug...

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    iW NEWS | Red Envelope's Che Doc at Fortissimo

    Fortissomo Films has announced a deal for all rights outside of North America for Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez's "Chevolution," which will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. The new documentary was financed by Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment and in the words of an announcement, was described as examining, "how the famous photo of revolutionary Ernest "Che" Guevara, captured in an instant by renowned photographer Alberto Korda, became an iconic image known throughout the world, revered by revolutionaries for 50 years, and plastered on everything from bikinis to beer bottles." Subjects included in the film include Gael Garcia Bernal, Antoni...

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    iW NEWS | Arts Alliance Gets "Chops"

    Arts Alliance America has announced a deal for North American rights to Bruce Broder's "Chops," a documentary about high school jazz students vying in a national competition. The company is planning a theatrical release followed by a DVD debut later this year. "'Chops' fits into that category of fil...

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    iW NEWS | TLA Erects "Epitaph" for North America

    North American rights to South Korean film, "Epitaph" by the Jung Brothers have been acquired by TLA Releasing, the company announced Wednesday. The film is scheduled to screen at New Directors/New Films 2008 in New York and the 17th Philadelphia Film Festival in April with a release in late 2008 through the Danger After Dark label. The company acquired the film at the 2008 Hong Kong International Film & TV Market from South Korea-based sales company Studio2.0, which was represented by Eun-Young Choi, head of international business. VP of acquisitions Jennifer Arndt-Johns represented TLA. The film is described as set in the 1940s when a young...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Eran Riklis' "Lemon Tree"

    IFC Entertainment has acquired Eran Riklis' Berlinale Panorama audience award winner "Lemon Tree." The Israeli drama, from the filmmaker of 2004's "Syrian Bride," was co-produced by Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt and Riklis. "Eran is a born filmmaker who, through an almost unspoken relationship that develops between two women over a lemon tree orchard, is able to convey more about the state of the Middle East than most newspaper headlines," praised IFC's Jonathan Sehring, in a statement. The company's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Didar Domehri from sales company Films Distribution. [Eugene Hernandez...

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    iW NEWS | Churchill Downs and Truly Indie Team for Derby Release

    The U.S. theatrical release of Brad and John Hennegan's Kentucky Derby documentary, "The First Saturday in May" will be handled jointly by Churchill Downs Incorp. and Truly Indie. The film will open in major markets including New York and Los Angeles on April 18 with a planned expansion on April 25....

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    iW NEWS | Goldwyn Brings "Paris" to America

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights to French director Cedric Klapisch's "Paris," the company announced Tuesday. The film, which recently had its U.S. premiere in New York at the Rendez Vous with French Cinema series, is set against the city of lights starring Juliette Binoche in a story that connects characters with "emotion, humor and sensitivity." The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn with Studio Canal's Saya Huddleston on behalf of the filmmakers. "'Paris' works on every level -- it is a beautifully told story with an exceptional cast including the city itself which has never looked so radiant and compelling on screen," comm...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Captain Abu Raed"

    2008 Sundance Film Festival award winner "Captain Abu Raed" has been acquired for worldwide rights outside the Middle East and North America by Fortissimo Films. "Captain," directed by Amin Matalqa is the first Jordanian feature film to ever be exported for the world's cinemas. It garnered the World...

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    SXSW '08 DISPATCH | As "Nights and Weekends" Debuts, Swanberg & Gerwig Sign Worldwide Deal with IFC

    The SXSW Film Festival, annual meeting place for that infamous interconnected movement of new American filmmakers known as Mumblecore, has yielded a deal for the new film from prolific DIY director Joe Swanberg. In a pact brokered in recent days, IFC Entertainment quickly acquired worldwide rights t...

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