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    iW NEWS | Roadside Buys "Caramel"

    U.S. rights to Nadine Labaki's "Caramel" have been acquired by Roadside Attractions. The Cannes Directors Fortnight film is the story of five Lebanese women in a Beirut beauty shop. Roadside co-president Howard Cohen negotiated the deal with Raphael Berdugo of Roissy Films. Labaki wrote the first fe...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes Two Cannes '07 Titles

    IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label from U.S. based IFC Entertainment, has announced the acquisition of two films from the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival: Cristian Mungui's competition film, "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days" and Hsiao-Hsien's "Flight of the Red Balloon" from the Un Certain Regard section. "4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days," set during the last days of Communism in Romania, depicts two young women facing the end of unwelcome pregnancies, while "Flight of the Red Balloon," set in Paris, is the story of boy and his babysitter in the same imaginary world where they are followed around the city by a red balloo...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Gets Graffiti Doc and Cartier-Bresson Set

    Arthouse Films has announced its acquisition of North American, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights (minus television), to Pablo Aravena's feature length documentary film on global graffiti, "NEXT: A Primer on Urban Painting." Arthouse will continue the North American theatrical release in a deal brokered by David Koh, Head of Acquisitions and Production for Arthouse Films and partner Lilly Bright and her Curiously Bright Entertainment with Nadja Romain of Lovestreams Productions and Pablo Aravena. Additionally, the company has acquired North American DVD rights to the Henri Cartier-Bresson double DVD boxed set. The set features...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Announces "Band" Deal

    Eran Kolirin's first feature, "The Band's Visit" has been acquired for distribution in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada in an acquisition deal by Sony Pictures Classics here in Cannes. The Israeli film, screening in the festival's Un Certain Regard section, stars Sasson Gabai ("Made in Israel" and "Aviva Ahuvati") as well as three-time Best Actress winner at the Israeli Academy Awards, Ronit Elkabetz ("Sh'Chur," "Hatuna Meuheret," and "Ve'Lakhta Lehe Isha"). The film is described as the story of an Egyptian Police band that loses their way while traveling to Israel to perform at an Arab cultural center. Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dy...

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    iW NEWS | "Band's Visit" Buzz

    Met with a lengthy standing ovation here in Cannes, Eran Kolirin's Cannes Un Certain Regard feature film, "The Band's Visit," is nearing a North American distribution deal after locking up pacts in international territories. Produced by July August Productions, Bleiberg Entertainment, and Sophie Dul...

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    iW NEWS | TLA Likes "Naked Boys"

    TLA Releasing has acquired North American Theatrical and DVD Rights for the United Kingdom to Funny Boy Films' "Naked Boys Singing! The Movie." The film is co-directed by Robert Schrock and Troy Christian and is scheduled to be released this Fall. It is adapted from the popular play that debuted in...

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    iW NEWS | "Angels in the Dust" Finds International Distribution with Cinema Libre

    Cinema Libre Studio will distribute director Louise Hogarth's film, "Angels in the Dust." The documentary is about the AIDS crisis in South America and follows Marion Cloete and her family, who give up a life of privilege to establish a village and school that provide shelter, food and education to...

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    iW NEWS | ARP Takes French-speaking Rights to "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"

    Korean director Kim Jee-woon's Asian-Western, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" has been acquired by French distributor ARP from Seoul-based Cineclick for French-speaking territory rights. The deal was made after thirteen minutes of footage was screened on the $11 million USD budget project. The deal i...

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    iW NEWS | Studio Grabs Gray's "Night" Ahead of Cannes Competition Debut

    A pair of private Cannes screenings in recent days have stirred buyers at the Marche du Film. On Saturday, Columbia Pictures acquired North American rights to James Gray's "We Own The Night," a Cannes competition film executive produced and financed by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions. It was produced by Marc Butan and Nick Wechsler. Insiders close to the pact pegged the large deal at about $11 million. John Sloss' Cinetic Media exclusively handled North American rights to the movie and brokered the deal with Peter Schlessel, Sony Pictures' head of worldwide acquisitions. 2929 International is handling international sales. Starr...

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    iW NEWS | High Point Picks "Rendition"

    Carey Fitzgerald's London based High Point Films has purchased worldwide rights (outside UK) for Jim Threapleton's debut feature "Rendition." The film, starring Omar Berdouni ("United 93") and Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings") and produced by Ultra Film's Andy Noble, follows the story of a Briti...

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