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    iW NEWS | MK2 Canvases Panorama Doc "With Gilbert & George"

    World rights to Julian Cole's Berlinale Panorama doc "With Gilbert & George" have been acquired by MK2. The film traces the relationship and creative partnership between the two artists. The film follows the pair not only to exhibitions in Russia and China, and follows them to their inner sanctum: t...

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    iW NEWS | Overture Takes "Sunshine Cleaning"

    Overture Films has acquired U.S. rights to Christine Jeffs' ("Rain") "Sunshine Cleaning," starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, the company announced Tuesday. The two star as sisters striving to better their aimless lives while undertaking the unusual business of crime-scene cleaning. Marc Turtletaub,...

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    iW NEWS | Magnet Bites "The Right One" for North America

    Magnolia Pictures' genre label Magnet has secured North American rights to European Film Market title, "Let The Right One In" from Bavaria Film International, the company announced Monday. Directed by Thomas Alfredson, the romantic horror is based on a best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist about a lonely twelve year-old boy and his friendship with a young girl, who appears to be a vampire. The deal was brokered by Stefanie Zeitler with Thorsten Schaumann and Bianca Schartl (Head of Business & Legal Affairs) on behalf of Bavaria Film International and Tom Quinn, SVP, and Jason Janego, Head of Legal and Business Affairs on ...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia, Discovery Announce "Man On Wire" Pact

    Discovery Films and Magnolia Pictures have announced a deal for North American theatrical and DVD distribution of James Marsh's Sundance '07 doc, "Man on Wire." The story of Frenchman Philippe Petit's infamous tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center, the film won both the World Cinema Grand Jury and audience awards at the festival last month. A late-summer theatrical release is in the works. The film is based on Petit's book, To Reach the Clouds and was produced by Wall to Wall, in association with Red Box Films for Discovery Films, the BBC and the UK Film Council. Josh Braun from Submarine brokered the deal with Tom Q...

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    EFM NEWS | Fortissimo Makes "Sparrows" Deal

    =Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (outside of Iran) to Majid Majidi's "The Song of Sparrows," winner of the best actor award at the Berlinale. The film also recently won the best director, editing, original score and makeup prizes at the Fajr Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    EFM NEWS | NonStop Deals for "River," "Punch"

    NonStop Entertainment has acquired Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" (in a deal with Rezo Films) and Olly Blackburn's "Donkey Punch" (in a deal with Lumina Films) for distribution in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company also acquired in Berlin this year,...

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    EFM NEWS | Seventh Art Takes "Two Lives" for North America

    Seventh Art Releasing has picked up North American rights to French feature "Two Lives Plus One" at the European Film Market, a Seventh Art spokesperson told indieWIRE Tuesday. The deal was negotiated by Udy Epstein and Matt Henderson for Seventh Art and Sebastien Chesneau from Paris-based Rezo. The...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Resurrects "Otto" for the U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Bruce LaBruce's "Otto; Or, Up with Dead People," Maximum Films has announced. The deal for the film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is having its European debut in Berlin Tuesday night, was negotiated by Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Charlotte Mickie of Maximum Films International. Jey Crisfar portrays Otto, a young zombie who rises from the dead and hitches a ride to Berlin where he comes to reside at an amusement park and is discovered by a filmmaker who is completing her epic political porno movie. Millivres, meanwhile, has acquired all rights for the UK. St...

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    iW NEWS | here! Acquires "Trevor"

    here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, has announced that it has acquired the United States and Canadian distribution rights to the film "Holding Trevor" from Stray Films LLC. The film, the directorial debut of Rosser Goodman, has so far has played a...

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    INSIDE WORD in Berlin | Miramax Making Deal for Mike Leigh's Latest?

    "Happy" deal closing... Word on the festival circuit overnight, via a pair of competitors, has Miramax Films in the running to acquire Mike Leigh's Berlin International Film Festival entry, "Happy-Go-Lucky." The film, which was screened early for select buyers last week in Berlin, has its official p...

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