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    Fortissimo "Eyes" Sales Rights to Hong Kong Opener

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to Hong Kong International Film Festival opener, "Eye In the Sky" from Sundream Motion Pictures. The deal excludes Asia aside from Japan and Korea. The film is the directorial debut of scriptwriter, Yau Nai Hoi ("Election"). The deal was completed by Fortissimo's co-chairman Michael J. Werner and Sundream Motion Picture's VP of distribution Otto Leong. "Yau is destined to be one of Hong Kong's rising stars; already in his first film he has created a masterful story with a distinctive flair," commented Werner in a statement. "We are pleased to be working with him, Sundream and the Milkyway t...

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    Magnolia Gets Zobel's "Great Word of Sound"; Fall Release Planned

    Magnolia Pictures has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Craig Zobel's "Great World of Sound" which is screening this week in Austin at the SXSW Film Festival and had its world premiere at Sundance in January where Magnolia execs first saw the movie. In the words of an announcement, "Existing at the darkly comic intersection of the 'American Idol' phenomenon, 'Glengarry Glen Ross', and The Maysles Brothers' revered documentary 'Salesman', 'Great World of Sound' stars Patrick Healy and Kene Holliday as Martin and Clarence, two average southern guys who get involed in the excitement of a record industry talent scouting scheme...

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    Sony Classics Gets Buscemi's "Interview" for U.S. Summer Release

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Steve Buscemi's "Interview," based on the late Theo Van Gogh's film of the same name. Buscemi wrote and directed the movie and stars alongside Sienna Miller in a story described as, "a passionate drama about two polar opposite characters and their unforeseen encounter." Sony Classics' Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner, who are planning a Summer release, acquired the film from Cinemavault Releasing. "We have always wanted to work with Steve Buscemi, and we've admired Sienna Miller's work over the last several years," the SPC execs said in a statemant. "We're thrilled to ...

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    Picturehouse to Bring "The Fox & the Child" to U.S.

    Picturehouse has acquired the U.S. rights to "The Fox & the Child," the first narrative film from the team that created the box-office hit "The March of the Penguins," Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse announced Monday. The film is directed by Luc Jacquet and produced by Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud and Emmanuel Priou. Picturehouse by SVP of acquisitions, Sara Rose and Carolyn Blackwood, EVP of business affairs and co-productions, New Line brokered the deal for the company. Based on Jacquet's own experience as a child, the film tells the story of "a little girl who enters the familiar landscape of the forest surrounding her home but, ...

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    TLC Makes Pre-SXSW Deal for "Crazy Sexy Cancer"

    Kris Carr's "Crazy Sexy Cancer," having its world premiere on Sunday at SXSW, inked a pre-fest deal with TLC (a part of Discovery Communications). The documentary will be the first to screen on the cable network's new TLC Life Lens strand, in August. The company describes the new film as, "an irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman (Kris Carr) who looks for a cure and finds her life." Diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer in 2003, Carr (in the words of an announcement), uses the film to reveal, "her intimate thoughts, struggles and fears before the camera, sharing her story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of hu...

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    "Nanking" Goes to THINKFilm

    THINKFilm has acquired North American rights to Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's doc "Nanking." The team behind the Oscar-winning doc "Twin Towers" debuted their new film at this year's Sundance, winning the Documentary Film Editing Award. It will continue its festival run at Silverdocs. The film ...

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    Picture This! Gets "Eternal Summer"

    Picture This! has announced a deal for Leste Chen's "Eternal Summer" (Sheng xia guang nian), a Pusan International Film Festival official selection and 2006 Golden Horse Award winner. The company acquired the film in a deal with Taiwan's Three Dots Entertainment. The gay-themed drama is described as the story of two boys who meet as kids and re-connect many years later, discovering their, "long dormant feelings for each other." The company is planning a U.S. and Canadian release after film festival play. "Eternal Summer" opened the 2006 Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and screened at the 2006 Tokyo International Film Festival. Actor Bry...

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    Pressman Plans "God Is My Broker" Film from Buckley Novel

    Producer Ed Pressman has announced the acquisition of rights to Christopher Buckley's 1998 novel God is My Broker. His Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. plans to to partner with Alan and Gabe Polsky's new production company Polsky Films and Stephen Belafonte's WhiteShark Films to produce the film from a script that will be written by Peter Himmelstein ("The Key Man"). The book is described as, in the words of an announcement, "a satirical comedy about a failed, alcoholic stock broker who retreats to a monastery that is about to file for bankruptcy protection.  When the monks discover the Wall Street insider may be able to save them from financial...

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    Wolfe Takes Rights to Berlinale Film "Riparo"

    Wolfe Releasing has acquired Marco Simon Puccioni's "Riparo" (Shelter), the company announced Friday. The film screened at the recent Berlinale in the Panorama section and stars Maria de Medeiros. The deal was made at the festival between Wolfe's president Maria Lynn and Loic Magneron from Wide Mana...

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    Koch Lorber to Bring '05 Berlinale Winner "U-Carmen" to North America

    2005 Berlinale Golden Bear winner "U-Carmen" by Mark Dornford-May has been picked up North American theatrical and home video rights by Koch Lorber Films in a deal with Fortissimo Films, Lorber president Richard Lorber announced Friday. The film will open in March at New York's Film Forum, followed by a roll out in select major markets with a DVD release planned for the third quarter of '07. The feature film is based on "Carmen," Bizet’s nineteenth century opera, with its classic "tale of love, jealousy, revenge and madness." "There are many reasons why Carmen is one of the world's most popular operas," commented Lorber in a statement. "But ...

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