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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes "Gomorrah"

    IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to "Gomorrah," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Matteo Garrone, the film will be released through IFC in Theaters, its day and date distribution plan which makes independent films available to a national audience in theatres and on-demand, simultaneously. The film will also go through IFC Entertainment's exclusive deal with Blockbuster Video. "Just when we thought we had seen it all, Matteo Garrone has reinvented the Italian Mafia picture with such originality and invention that it seems entirely new," said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring in a s...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Gets Cannes' "Waltz With Bashir"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Ari Folman's Cannes Film Festival competition entry, "Waltz With Bashir," its fourth deal of the festival after nabbing North American rights to The Dardenne Brothers' "The Silence of Lorna," Bent Hamer's "O'Horten," and James Toback's "Tyson." Based on Folman's own story, the animated documentary follows the filmmaker's exploration of his lost memories from the Lebanon War of the mid-1980s. "It's about dreams and it's about hallucinations, it's about the sub-conscious," noted Folman, during a Cannes press conference earlier this month. "The basic statement of the...

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    INSIDE WORD | Sony Classics Closing Three Cannes Deals

    Even as Variety proclaimed a dearth of Cannes dealmaking for U.S. based companies, Sony Pictures Classics was closing deals for three festival titles. Word on the Croisette Friday had the company acquiring North American rights to The Dardenne Brothers' "The Silence of Lorna" from the Cannes competi...

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    INSIDE WORD | Madonna's Malawi Doc Headed to Sundance Channel

    Nathan Rissman's "I Am Because We Are," in Cannes this week after a recent debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, is headed for a Sundance Channel deal after a round of negotiations. Madonna, writer, producer and narrator of the documentary about the children of Malawi, engaged in dealmaking with CAA a...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets "Hunger" in Cannes

    IFC Films has announced its latest deal in Cannes, acquiring Steve McQueen's "Hunger" which opened the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section last week. Set in Northern Ireland, the film looks at life in Maze Prison and the 1981 hunger strike led by Bobby Sands. Produced by Laura Hastings-Smith and Robin Gutch as a Blast! Films production for Film4, the film was made in association with Northern Ireland Screen, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Wales Creative IP Fund. IFC's Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers negotiated the deal with Jonathan Page and Ariel Veneziano from Icon Entertainment International and Cassian Elwes o...

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    iW NEWS | Liberation Gets "Buried"

    Liberation Entertainment announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to Chaz Thorne's "Just Buried." "Buried," which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, is a comedic horror film that stars Jay Bucharel and Rose Byrne. "We are greatly looking forward to bringing this wildly funny ...

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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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