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    iW NEWS | Regent Takes "Virgin"

    The worldwide distribution rights to Russell Brown's "The Blue Tooth Virgin" ave been acquired by Regent Releasing. Regent acquired the film from The Simon LLC, and will distribute to select U.S. cities in early 2009. "Virgin," which follows two writers facing a threat to their friendship, made its premiere at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. It was recently voted as a Top-Ten Audience Favorite at the Sao Paolo International Film Festival in Brazil. "We're thrilled to be working with Russell Brown on his second accomplished feature," said Regent's Mark Reinhart. "Regent is committed to nurtu...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid To "Make Money"

    Celluloid Dreams announced its acquisition of Erwin Wagenhofer's "Let's Make Money," a documentary exposing the murky world of international finance. The film is produced by Allegro Films Helmut Grasser and Celluloid will premiere the film in the upcoming American Film Market. "After the success of Erwin's previous film 'We Feed the World,' we were very much anticipating what he would come up with next, and he didn't disappoint," Celluloid's Alessandro Raja in a statement. "'Let's Make Money' is a shocking and invaluable film that should be required viewing for all. We are very excited to be bringing this to AFM especially as in this current ...

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    iW NEWS | Shadow Gets "Skills"

    The U.S. and Canadian rights to SXSW Audience Award winner "Skills Like This" has been acquired by Shadow Distribution. The Monty Miranda directed film about a would-be writer will be released on March 20, 2009 release at New York's Angelika Film Center and will platform out to theaters across North America thereafter. "'Skills Like This' is a hilarious, original and freewheeling comedy with a real heart," said Shadow Distribution's Ken Eisen in a statement. "Working with Monty and the rest of the Skills crew has been a blast and we're looking forward to the film's release. We look forward to bringing this terrific film to the wide audience ...

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    iW NEWS | "Horse" Put To Werk

    Newly formed indie production and finance shingle Werc Werk Works has announced that it is financing and co-producing Bela Tarr's latest film, "The Turin Horse" with Hungarian production outfit T.T. Filmmuehely, French production company Movie Partners in Motion FILM, Swiss production company Vega Film AG and German outfit Zero Fiction Film. The announcement was made by Werc Werk Works CEO Elizabeth Redleaf. "It is a huge privilege to be working with Bela Tarr given his powerful and important influence on filmmakers around the world," said Redleaf in a statement. "We were drawn to the intellectual aspects of 'The Turin Horse' from the first ...

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    iW NEWS | Lightning Acquires "Linea"

    The international distribution rights to James Cotten's "La Linea," a crime drama starring Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Bruce Davidson, have been acquired by Lightning Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by Lightning Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Joseph Dickstein and Guardian with the prod...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Gets "Easy"

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced its acquisition of the US, South African, and Latin American rights to Ealing Studios' "Easy Virtue." Directed by Stephan Elliott, the film stars Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes. The 1930s set romantic comedy made its debut at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. "I think Sony Pictures Classics is a perfect home for this very contemporary take on a period movie," said Ealing Studios' head Barnaby Thompson in a statement. The deal was negotiated with Ealing Studio International's Natalie Brenner, Endgames' Douglas Hansen and Ealing Studios' Barnaby Thompson. [Peter...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Knows "Joe"

    Robert Celestino's "Yonkers Joe"'s North American rights have been acquired by Magnolia Pictures. The film, a family drama starring Chazz Palminteri, Christine Lahti and Tom Guiry, premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The film will be released on Ultra VOD platforms on December 5th, 2008, a...

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    iW NEWS | "Lymelife" Goes To Screen Media

    The U.S. distribution rights for Derick Martini's "Lymelife" have been acquired by Screen Media Films. "Lymelife," which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, depicts two families in 1970s Long Island and stars Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Timothy Hutton and Kieran Culkin. It won the International Critics Prize for the Discovery section in Toronto. "This is the kind of film we are most interested in releasing," said Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films, in a statement. "'Lymelife' is a beautifully shot film, with extraordinary performances and a powerful story that is moving, as well as intrigui...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Gets "Sparrows"

    Regent Releasing has announced its deal for U.S. rights to Majid Majidi's "The Song of Sparrows," the Iranian submission for the best foreign language Oscar. The film is set for a theatrical release next spring. Regent's Mark Reinhart brokered the deal with Fortissimo's Winnie Lau. Set in today's Tehran among the underprivileged, the film is described as exploring, "how a world of material goods and technology can corrupt man - making him lose spiritual purity and all-important connections to family, friends and nature." Anthony Kaufman recently took a closer look at this year's foreign language film Oscar race for indieWIRE. [Eugene Hernand...

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    iW NEWS | "Sex" For Celluloid

    The world rights to Bahman Motamedian's "Sex My Life" (Khastegi) have been acquired by Celluloid Dreams. The film, which premiered in Venice, uses a mix of documentary and fiction to depict seven transsexuals living in modern-day Tehran. "The film is fascinating not only because of its rare and extremely human subject matter, but also thanks to the way Motamedian uses dramatization within the framework of a documentary to create a real transgenre film," said Alessandro Raja of Celluloid Dreams in a statement. "This allows us to get very close to the characters and understand the tragedy and gravity of their situation. They are not just subje...

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