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    iW NEWS | Liberation Takes "Tokyo!"

    Liberation Entertainment announced Tuesday that they have acquired the North American rights to "Tokyo!," which had its world premiere at Cannes. The film reflects city life in Tokyo through three narratives by three directors: Michel Gondry, Bong Joon-ho, and Leos Carax. "We're thrilled to be working with three of the most inventive directors working today," said Liberation Entertainment's Vice President of Acquisitions, Rob Williams in a statement. "This is exactly the sort of film that we are looking for as a company, and we look forward to bringing it to its largest possible audience." Liberation was launched in 2006 by media entrepreneu...

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    IW NEWS | IFC Films Catches "The Chaser" in Cannes

    IFC Films has announced a deal for all North American rights to "The Chaser," continuing a very busy Cannes with the recent acquisitions of "A Christmas Tale,"Summer Hours," "The Pleasure of Being Robbed," and "Mermaid. The Korean title screened as a midnight film here at Cannes this past Saturday. From first time director NA Hong-jin, "Chaser" tells the story of a detective turned pimp who finds himself in trouble when several of his girls disappear without paying him. "There's a reason that this film is already being remade. It's an ingeniously plotted twist on the serial killer genre," noted Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Films. "We a...

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    iW NEWS | First Independent Snags "Sixty Six"

    It was announced on Monday that First Independent Pictures ("New York Doll," "Edmond") has acquired US distribution rights for the coming of age/Bar Mitzvah film, "Sixty Six," from Working Title Films. Directed by Paul Weiland ("Made of Honor"), the comedy's title refers to the singular year that England won the World Cup. Already garnering attention from US Jewish Film Festivals, the film, originally intended for international audiences, seems potentially viable as a crossover title. Executive produced by Richard Curtis ("Bridget Jones' Diary," "Love Actually," "Notting Hill"), the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Re...

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    CANNES '08 | Focus Spotlights Amenabar's "Agora"

    Alejandro Amenabar's latest, "Agora," has landed at Focus Features International, the company announced this afternoon in Cannes. A English-language historical epic set in Roman Egypt in the 4th century AD, the film stars Rachel Weisz and is currently in production in Malta. Focus' deal includes wor...

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    iW NEWS | "How About" For Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to "How About You." "You," directed by Anthony Byrne, is the story of a young girl left in charge of a residential home over Christmas. It is based on the short story by Irish author Maeve Binchy, and stars Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton,...

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    IW NEWS | IFC Gets Assayas' Latest

    IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Olivier Assayas' "Summer Hours," starring Juliette Binoche. The company is planning a 2009 release for the French drama which is screening this week in the Marche du Film here at the Cannes Film Festival. IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with MK...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets On Gibney's "Bus"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired the worldwide rights (except the UK and US) to Jigsaw Film's new production, "Magic Bus." "Bus" will be directed by Alex Gibney, and chart the story of the infamous, LSD-fueled bus journey of avant-garde author Ken Kesey and his cohorts across America. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Alex Gibney and [the film's producer] Will Clarke on what no doubt will be a fascinating cinematic trip through the beginnings of the hippie and counter-culture movement that shook the US and the world set against the wonderful music that moved those times," said Fortissimo EVP Nicole Mackey in a statement. The...

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    iW NEWS | Magnet Takes "Surveillance"

    Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Jennifer Lynch's "Surveillance." Starring Bill Pullman, Julia Ormand and Cheri Oteri, "Surveillance" is a thriller that details the aftermath of a violent killing. "'Surveillance' is a wild, wild ...

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    IFC Brings "Pleasure" to North America

    North American rights to Cannes Directors Fortnight closing feature, "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" by co-writer/director Joshua Safdie have been picked up by IFC Films, the New York-based distributor confirmed Wednesday afternoon. [Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]

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    Elephant Eye Acquires Two

    Elephant Eye Films have two new acquisitions: Director Nate Meyer's urban drama "Frat Girl," a follow-up to "Pretty In The Face," which is starting production, and Michael Jacob's "Audience of One," a documentary about a Pentecostal minister who receives a vision from God telling him to make a scie...

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