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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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    Sony Classics to Bring "The Children of Huang Shi" to North America

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "The Children of Huang Shi," the company announced Friday. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies") and written by Jane Hawksley and James MacManus the "heroic tale," set in a war-torn China in 1938, concludes production today in Shanghai. Inspired by true events, the film is the story of George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a young British journalist, who rescues 60 orphaned children who them on a treacherous 1000-mile journey along the Silk Road, through the Liu Pan Shan Mountains into the spectacular Gobi desert. Over the course of the journey he falls in love with a...

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    Kino Takes U.S. Rights to "Lady Chatterley" and "Crossing the Line" in Berlin

    U.S. rights to Pascale Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" and Daniel Gordon's doc "Crossing the Line" have been picked up by Kino International, the company announced Wednesday from the Berlin International Film Festival. Ferran's film is described by Kino as a "lushly sensual new take on D.H. Lawrence's landmark novels of the passionate, tragic love affair between an unfulfilled aristocratic wife and a rural gamekeeper. Kino president Donald Krim negotiated the deal with Francois Yon of sales agent Films Distribution. A summer release is planned. In "Crossing the Line," Gordon profiles a small group of American soldiers that defected to the North Ko...

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    Roadside Nabs "How To Cook Your Life"

    Roadside Attractions has acquired North American rights to "How To Cook Your Life," a new English-language, American-set documentary by German filmmaker Dorris Dorrie. The film, which debuted earlier this week at the Berlin International Film Festival, will be quickly released in U.S. theaters this Spring/Summer. Calling the film, "a food movie and a new age movie," Roadside co-president Howard Cohen told indieWIRE that he and co-president Eric d'Arbeloff will target audiences interested in new age/spirituality (similar to their approach in releasing "What The Bleep Do We Know?!," which earned about $11 million in theaters). In the documentar...

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    Goldwyn Picks Up Something "Priceless"

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up Pierre Salvadori's "Priceless" (originally titled "Hors de Prix"), which the it will release in the U.S. this summer, the company announced from Berlin. The romantic farce, starring Audrey Tatou, Gad Elmaleh, and Marie-Christine Adam is about a shy young bartender,...

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    Delpy's "Two Days in Paris" Nabbed in Berlin by Goldwyn & Red Envelope

    At the Berlinale today...Samuel Goldwyn Films and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have announced the joint acquisition of U.S. rights to Julie Delpy's feature directing debut, "2 Days in Paris," which had its world premiere earlier this week in the Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section. Delpy wrote, directed, edited, composed music and stars in the culture clash romantic comedy set in Paris. The two companies are planning a Summer 2007 release. Co-starring Delpy and Adam Goldberg, the film depicts a couple who travel to Paris for 48 hours to visit the woman's parents. It was produced by Christophe Mazodier of Polaris, and...

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    Barbet Schroeder Doc at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has confirmed its deal for Barbet Schroeder's feature-length doc, "Terror's Advocate," in a deal with sales company Wild Bunch. The film, produced by Rita Dagher is about Jacques Verges, described by Wild Bunch as, "the highly controversial French lawyer, war veteran, revolutionary, agitator and intellectual popularly known as 'The Devil's Advocate'." The controversial figure is known for, in the words of the company, "his persistent defense of those many perceive as the indefensible." In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said, "We're very excited to be co-producing 'Terror's Advocate' with Barbet Schroeder and W...

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    Goldwyn Gets "Goya's Ghosts"

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced the acquisition of North American rights to Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts," produced by Saul Zaentz. The company is planning a Summer '07 release for the film, which stars Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard. Written by Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere ("Birth," "Valmont") the film is described as being, "told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya (played by Skarsgard), whose paintings are best known for both brutality and the colorful depictions of life during the Spanish Inquisition. The drama unfolds as Brother Lorenzo (Bardem), an enigmatic member of the powerful S...

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    GreeneStreet Sells "Tenderness"

    John Polson's "Tenderness," a new film starring Russell Crowe has been sold to three major territories by GreeneStreet Films International. The company has secured deals in Italy (MediaFilm), Scandinavia (Nordisk), and Russia (21st Century) with pacts brokered by GSFI president Ariel Veneziano. The film has also been sold to Mexico (TV Azteca) and Argentina (Alfa), with Lionsgate handling the film in the U.S. "Tenderness" is described as the story of "a confused fifteen-year-old dreamer in search of an escape from her troubled home life." Other GSFI titles on sale at the European Film Market include John August's "The Nines," Danny Leiner's "...

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