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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber and Red Envelope Take "Water Lilies"

    All U.S. and Canadian rights to Celine Sciamma's "Water Lillies" (La Naissance des Pieuvres) have been acquired in a joint deal by Koch Lorber Films and Red Envelope Entertainment, the companies announced Monday. The film, set in the summer at a suburban Parisian municipal swimming pool, debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Richard Lorber from Koch Lorber and Liesl Copland from Red Envelope negotiated the pact with Film Distribution's Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Didar Domehri. Koch Lorber is planning a national theatrical release beginning early next year, followed by a DVD release later in the year. [...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take to Scare Up "The Last Winter"

    All North American rights to Larry Fessenden's eco-horror thriller "The Last Winter" have been acquired by IFC Entertainment under its day and date distribution banner IFC First Take, the company's president Jonathan Sehring has announced. Arianna Bocco, Vice President of Acquisitions and Productions negotiated the acquisition of the film with Sarah Lash from Cinetic Media who represented the filmmakers. The film, which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and will screen at this week's Los Angeles Film Festival, centers on a team of people working to exploit oil resources in Alaska and become tormented by an unseen entit...

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    iW NEWS | Anywhere Road and Red Envelope Take U.S. and Canadian Rights to "Antonia"

    New San Francisco-based distributor Anywhere Road and Red Envelope Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to writer/director Tata Amaral's Brazilian musical drama "Antonia," Robert Ogden Barnum, president of Anywhere Road and Bahman Naraghi, head of Red Envelope Entertainment announced...

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    iW NEWS | Artistic License Picks Up "If I Didn't Care"

    Artistic License Films has acquired Benjamin Cummings and Orson Cummings' feature "If I Didn't Care" and plans an August 3rd roll out of the film in select New York City and Long Island theaters followed by a nationwide push, the company announced Monday. The film, which premiered at last year's Hamptons International Film Festival is described as a "Hitchcockian film noir/thriller set in the exclusive resort community of The Hamptons starring Bill Sage ("Flirt")." The story revolves around "trophy husband" David Meyer's ill-fated attempt to produce an heir which leads to infidelity, murder and tragic consequences. "Ben Cummings and Orson Cum...

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    First Run Thumps "For the Bible Tells Me So" for North America

    First Run Features has acquired North American rights to Daniel Karslake's Sundance '07 doc "For the Bible Tells Me So," the company's Vice President Marc Mauceri announced Tuesday. The film will roll out theatrically beginning in October. Cinetic Media represented the filmmakers in the sale. The doc reconciles homosexuality with the traditional reading of scripture through the personal stories of such figures as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and the Gephardt family. "We are so proud to be bringing 'For the Bible Tells Me So' to North American audiences," said Mauceri in a statement. "Not only is it an important film...

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    iW NEWS | Roadside Makes Worldwide Deal for "Starting Out In The Evening"

    Andrew Wagner's "Starting Out In The Evening" from this year's Sundance Film Festival has been acquired by Roadside Attractions for worldwide distribution. Starring Tony Award winner for "Frost/Nixon" Frank Langella, the film was hailed by critics at Sundance (including a review from indieWIRE's Anthoy Kaufman). The final film produced under the InDigEnt banner, "Starting Out In The Evening" is the story of a complex relationship that develops between an aging Manhattan writer and a young female fan. Roadside is planning a Fall release for the film, with an eye on awards season attention for Langella. "This is Frank's year in the theater and ...

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    iW NEWS | Kino Takes "In Between Days" for US and Canada

    Kino International has acquired all media rights to director So Yong Kim's drama "In Between Days" for Canada and the United States, the company announced Tuesday. The film will open June 27 at New York's IFC Center and expand to additional markets throughout the summer. The Sundance '06 special jury prize-winning film was co-written by Kim and her producing partner, Bradley Rust Gray. Kino International's current releases include Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley," Barbara Albert's "Falling" as well as a two-week survey of films celebrating its 30th anniversary as a theatrical, educational and home video distributor at the Film Society of Li...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia and Red Envelope Take North American Rights to Sundance Winner, "No End in Sight"

    All North American rights to Charles Ferguson's 2007 Sundance Film Festival doc "No End in Sight," have been jointly acquired by Red Envelope and Magnolia Pictures, the companies officially announced Thursday. Magnolia's head Eamonn Bowles and Head of Business Affairs, Jason Janego along with Bahman Naraghi, Head of Red Envelope Entertainment negotiated the deal with John Sloss from Cinetic Media. The film will open in New York and Washington, D.C. on July 27th and expand nationwide the following week. Written and directed by Ferguson, the film, which took the Sundance best doc prize, focuses on the policy informing the decisions behind the o...

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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Get Woody Allen Movie

    Woody Allen's latest, "Cassandra's Dream," has been acquired in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand by The Weinstein Company. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson, Sally Hawkins and Hayley Atwell. Written and directed by Allen, the film was produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, and Gareth Wiley. Wild Bunch is handling worldwide sales of the title. Set in present-day London, the film is described as, "the story of two brothers, and how their lives and loves gradually become entangled in circumstances that lead to tragedy." Michelle Krumm and Maeva Gatineau, EVP's and co-heads of acquisitions, and Laine Kline, SVP...

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    "Paranoid" Set for IFC Release in U.S.; MK2 Sells Film in 72 Territories

    Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," which has been acquired by IFC First Take for a U.S. release, has been sold in some 72 territories according to Marin and Nathanael Karmitz's French company MK2, which fully finananced the movie. MK2 said Wednesday that the film, winner of the special 60th Anniversary...

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