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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Captain Abu Raed"

    2008 Sundance Film Festival award winner "Captain Abu Raed" has been acquired for worldwide rights outside the Middle East and North America by Fortissimo Films. "Captain," directed by Amin Matalqa is the first Jordanian feature film to ever be exported for the world's cinemas. It garnered the World...

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    SXSW '08 DISPATCH | As "Nights and Weekends" Debuts, Swanberg & Gerwig Sign Worldwide Deal with IFC

    The SXSW Film Festival, annual meeting place for that infamous interconnected movement of new American filmmakers known as Mumblecore, has yielded a deal for the new film from prolific DIY director Joe Swanberg. In a pact brokered in recent days, IFC Entertainment quickly acquired worldwide rights t...

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    iW NEWS | ThinkFilm Takes "Momma's Man"

    Azazel Jacob's "Momma's Man" has been acquired by ThinkFilm in a deal for North American rights, the company confirmed today. A Sundance Film Festival debut earlier this year, the film will screen this month at the New Directors/New Films series and then have an exclusive release later this year. It tells the story of Mikey, a young man who returns to the comfort of his parents and the home where he grew up instead of rejoining his own wife and newborn baby in Los Angeles. For the deal, ThinkFilm is reteaming with some of the backers of their 2006 release, "Half Nelson." The film was produced by Alex Orlovsky, Hunter Gray, and executive produ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Acquires "Fear(s)"

    IFC has acquired all North American rights to French animated film "Fears(s) of the Dark." "Dark" is the work of six graphic artists and cartoonists, Blutch, Marie Caillou, Pierre DiSciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire and Charles Burns who stylized nightmares based on their own phobias using ...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Gets "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced a deal for worldwide rights to Christopher Bell's timely steroids doc, "Bigger, Stronger, Faster," which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia will release the film in theaters later this year, followed by an HDNET broadcast. "I love this movie!" said Mark Cuban, owner of Magnolia, Landmark Theaters, HDNET, and the Dallas Mavericks, "It's informative, fascinating and hysterical - all the things a movie about steroids should be. You can't miss this one if you are a sports fan." Cinetic Media brokered the deal with Tom Quinn, Dori Begley and Jason Janego from Magnolia. In a recent interview w...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Lavishes "Gloss"

    Fortisimo Films has acquired "Gloss," which will have a gala screening at next month's Hong Kong International Film Festival. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky ("Nutcracker: The Real Story") takes a satirical and sexy look at the wave of capitalism sweeping through Russia. The film takes a "Cinderella-esque" story and interweaves it with a social commentary on the modernization of the Russian economy, examining its effects on those desperately trying to break out of their once inescapable poverty. The deal, for world wide sales rights outside France and Russia, was brokered by Fortissimo co-chair Michael J. Werner and Andrei Konchalovsky. The f...

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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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