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    Meadows' "England" Set for First Take Slate and Red Envelope

    rights to Shane Meadows' "This is England" for IFC Entertainment's day-and-date distribution label. The drama, winner of awards at the Rome International Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards, will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in theaters in July....

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    NonStop Selling "Back To Bosnia"

    Sabin Vajraca's "Back To Bosnia," produced by Alison Hanson, has been acquired for international sales by NonStop Sales and is being sold at MIPTV. It is described as, "a drama documentary about Aida Vajraca and her two children who move to Florida, as the Bosnian war escalates in the town of Banja Luka. Aida's husband Emir is left behind to work with a local organization to free prisoners from Serbian concentration camps. With the signing of a peace treaty in 1996, Banja Luka is handed over to the Serbs and Emir leaves his beloved country to join his family in America. Ten years later, the Vajracas return to Bosnia to reclaim their family ho...

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    Strand Eyes Techine's "The Witnesses" for U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Andre Techine's "The Witnesses," the company announced Friday. Jon Gerrans from Strand concluded the deal with UGC International's Eva Diederix and is slated for a late autumn nationwide release. The film, which will have its North American premiere at Frameline's 31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival as its opening film, deals with a group of friends and lovers who confront the first outbreak of AIDS in 1984 Paris. The film stars Michel Blanc as a physician and Emmanuelle Beart and Sami Bouajila as a couple whose lives become entertwined as they meet a young man who becomes the c...

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    7th Art and Warner Home Video Nab North American Rights to "Rock the Bells"

    7th Art Releasing and Warner Home Video have jointly acquired North American rights to Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly's Tribeca and Slamdance Hip Hop doc "Rock The Bells." The deal was negotiated by 7th Art Releasing's Udy Epstein, WHV's Eva Davis and Felicia Bell, and Hennelly and Suchan of Open Road Films. The film will open in April in select cities across the US, while the DVD release is planned for mid to late July. The film is the story of the inaugural Rock The Bells festival in San Bernardino, California. "Personifying the fierce independence and Do-It-Yourself spirit of the Hip Hop generation, entrepreneur Chang Weisberg puts ...

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    Roadside Croons to US Rights for "Colma"

    Roadside Attractions has picked up worldwide rights to Richard Wong's "Colma: The Musical," the company announced Wednesday afternoon. The film is a musical comedy about "three recent high school grads who find themselves at a crossroads in their hometown of Colma, California, a cemetery-suffused suburb of San Francisco renowned for having more dead residents than live ones." The three teens each rebel in their own ways against the moribund reality of their hometown while making their way into adulthood. Along the way they burst into song and dance around cemeteries, shopping malls and college keg parties during the film's thirteen musical ...

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    Sony Makes Worldwide Deal for Stephen Chow's Latest

    Sony Pictures Classics will release Stephen Chow's latest comedy "A Hope" in North America as part of a Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia worldwide acquisition just announced. Shot in China last year, the film was written by, directed and stars Chow, a megastar in Asia who was recently seen sta...

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    Shadow to Bring "Girls Rock!" to U.S.

    U.S. theatrical and DVD rights to debut co-directors Shane King and Arne Johnson's doc "Girls Rock!" have been acquired by Shadow Distribution, the company announced Thursday. The film, about a Rock 'n' Roll camp for girls, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Shadow president Ken Eisen announced the deal, which was negotiated by Annie Roney for ro co films international. The film will open in theaters in the autumn of 2007 after screening at several more festivals. "We are extremely pleased to be acquiring 'Girls Rock!,'" commented Eisen in a statement. "We feel this film h...

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    "Tuya's Marriage" Set WIth NonStop

    NonStop Entertainment recently acquired from CineClick the Berlinale Golden Bear winner, "Tuya's Marriage," from China. Wang Quanan's film, starring Yu Nan, is described by the company as, "an unconventional Chinese love story [about] a woman who divorces her crippled husband to find another who can...

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    "Eleven Men Out" Goes to here! for North America

    here! Films has acquired North American rights to Icelandic soccer (football) "dramedy" "Eleven Men Out" by Robert Douglas. here! Films' sister company Regent Releasing will handle the film's theatrical release slated for Summer 2007. Written by Jon Atli Jonasson and Douglas, "Eleven Men Out" centers on Ottar Thor, the star of KR, the Icelandic soccer team. After he surprisingly comes out of the closet to a reporter in front of his teammates, the controversy surrounding his coming out leads him on a journey to discovery himself, and a journey off the KR team. "here! Films is thrilled to be bringing this fun yet emotional import to audiences e...

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    Coppola's Latest, "Youth Without Youth," Lands at Sony Classics

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "Youth Without Youth," the first film in a decade by Francis Ford Coppola. The company is planning a late Fall release this year. Adapted from a novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade, Coppola wrote, directed and produced the new film, w...

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