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    IFC Gets "Ballast" Ahead of Berlinale

    IFC Films today announced the acquisition of Lance Hammer's 2008 Sundance Film Festival dramatic competition debut, "Ballast." The company has acquired North American rights to the movie, which is set to screen in competition at the upcoming Berlinale. The deal was negotiated by VP of acquisitions Arianna Bocco and William Morris Independent's Cassian Elwes. Asked what prompted the idea for this film, in an interview with indieWIRE, director Hammer said recently, "The Mississippi Delta in winter is a cold and austere flatscape - almost lunar. Vast cotton acreages are fallow and devoid of human activity. The flatness is interrupted only by occ...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Takes Rights to "Help Me Eros"

    Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Lee Kang-Sheng's "Help Me Eros" at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, sales company Fortissimo Films announced Friday. The film, about a stock broker who loses everything in a market crash and turns to the marijuana he grows in his closet for comfort, won the Grand Prize at the Gijon Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok Film Festival. Additionally, Strand also acquired reissue rights to the controversial gay film "For a Lost Soldier" directed by Roeland Kerbosch, which it has been distributing for Fortissimo for a number of years. The film will be remastered and a special...

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    iW NEWS | NonStop Paddles "Ping Pong"

    Scandinavian-based sales company NonStop Sales has signed international distribution rights to Swedish director Jens Jonsson's "The King of Ping Pong," which won the world cinema jury prize in the dramatic category as well as a world cinematography award at the recent Sundance Film Festival. NonStop Sales will have the film's market premiere at the European Film Market coinciding with the Berlinale. The film centers on an ostracized and bullied teenager who excels only in ping pong descends into an acrimonious struggle with his younger, more popular brother when the truth about their family history and their father surfaces over the course of...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Dreams Takes International "FLOW"

    Celluloid Dreams will represent the director Irena Salina's Sundance '08 entry, "FLOW: For Love of Water" internationally. Filmed in 12 countries, "FLOW" is represented in North America by Josh Braun/Submarine. Additionally, it was announced that the film will be the first theatrical film to collab...

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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Set to Work With Woody Allen for Sixth Time

    North American rights to Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" have been acquired by The Weinstein Company. The new film, called "funny, sexy and smart" in a statement by Harvey Weinstein, stars Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson, Penelope Cruz, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Messina. In the film, two young American women (Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson) become entangled with an artist (Javier Bardem) and his crazy ex-wife (Penelope Cruz) while spending a summer in Spain. It was written and directed by Allen and produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, and Gareth Wiley, as well as Jaume Roures. Currently in ...

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    PARK CITY '08 | Sundance Buying Spree Stirs Talk; Sony Classics Adds "Baghead," "River," and "Wackne

    In a Sundance year that saw buyers zeroing in on a small handful of titles like "Hamlet 2," "American Teen," and "Choke," each going to a different Indiewood company, Sony Pictures Classics' slow-and-steady approach yielded a bounty of three notable acquisitions late in the festival. "Frozen River,"...

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    iW NEWS | First Run/Icarus Takes on "Operation Filmmaker"

    "Operation Filmmaker" by Nina Davenport has been picked up by First Run/Icarus Films, the company's president Jonathan Miller announced Tuesday. The film, which will have its theatrical run beginning June 4 at the IFC Center in New York, was negotiated by Miller and Films Transit International's Dia...

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    PARK CITY '08, 6:19 p.m. | Sony Classics Closing "Wackness" Pact

    Buzz from the Awards ceremony... Sony Pictures Classics is closing a deal for North American rights to Jonathan Levine's 2008 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition entry, "The Wackness," according to insiders. The deal, being brokered by CAA, is expected to be announced soon. Sony Classics has...

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    PARK CITY '08, 3:01 p.m. | "Man on Wire" Stir Audiences, Buyers

    Doc buzz continues... Buyers were drawn to a Noon time Sundance Film Festival screening of James Marsh's accaimed BBC Storyville/Discovery documentary "Man on Wire" at the Holiday Village theater today. Spotted in the audience were execs from Picturehouse, Warner Independent Pictures, and Sony Pictures Classics. The film, being sold at Sundance by Sumbarine, captures the dramatic tightrop walk of Philippe Petit atop a wire stretched 200 feet between the two World Trade Center towers in 1974. Enthusiastically received at Saturday's screening, Petit smiled and proclaimed to the crowd, "I am an artistic criminal." Insiders are weighing offers on...

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    iW NEWS | "Kicking It" Links Theatrical, DVD, Streaming, and TV Pacts with Liberation, Netflix/Red E

    Jay Boberg's Liberation Entertainment has acquired North American theatrical rights to Susan Koch's doc, "Kicking It" at the Sundance Film Festival, joining forces with Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment and ESPN for the film's release. In a unique deal brokered by CAA and Submarine, immediately following the theatrical release Netflix will distribute the film to its subscribers on DVD and via online streaming simultaneous with the ESPN broadcast. The sports network, which announced its acquisition of worldwide broadcast rights at the start of this year's Sundance festival, will work closely with Netflix to cross promote the day-and-date r...

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