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    Strand Takes US Rights to "Lights in the Dusk"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk," which is having its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Strand's co-president, Jon Gerrans and Michael Weber of Match Factory. The fi...

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    IFC Announces "Requiem" Deal

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" and will release the film through IFC First Take on October 20th, 2006. The film is having its North American premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and is the true story of a woman from an extremely religious German family, battling epilepsy, who falls in love and apparently becomes possessed, in the words of an announcement, experiencing "a frightening rush of grotesque faces and voices." The film, starring Sandra Hueller, has already won the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress, the Silver Bear and Fipresci prize...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Charbol's Latest

    Following its positive North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, French director Claude Chabrol's "A Comedy of Power" has been picked up by Koch Lorber Films for domestic theatrical and home entertainment release. It will open in limited release in January 2007. A political thriller an...

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    Film Movement Picks Up Three

    North American film distribution company Film Movement has announced their acquisition of three films: "MadeinUSA," by Claudia Llosa (Spain/Peru), "Men at Work," by Mani Haghighi (Iran) and "The Great Match," by Geraldo Olivares (Spain/Germany). The films will be released through Film Movement's distribution model that simultaneously releases films through theatres, television and DVD in an attempt to bring award-winning films to a larger audience. "We are proud to be able to present these three impressive films to fans all across the country in theatres, libraries, living rooms and on TV," said Stuart Litman, President of Film Movement. "Mad...

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    IFC Gets Toronto Doc, "...So Goes The Nation"

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's doc "...So Goes The Nation," which will have its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. More details will be published in indieWIRE's daily dispatch from the Toronto festival.

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    Beta Expands Toronto Sales Slate

    Beta Cinema has added Bully Herbig's "Hui Buh" to its roster of German titles at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The story of "lovable, bumbling castle ghost," the film is doing well in its German release, and was a hit printed and audio book. Beta is also selling Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes", Hans Steinbichler's "Winter Journey" and "The Lives of Others" by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a winner at the recent Locarno Film Festival that was acquired for U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures Classics in the States and was showcased over the weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. It has already been sold in 40 countries, inclu...

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    ThinkFilm Clicks with "10 Items"

    With the world premiere of Brad Silberling's "10 Items or Less" approaching at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, ThinkFilm has announced a deal to release the movie in North America. The film, written and director by Silberling, stars Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in a comedy about a big time movie star (Freeman) who is exploring a potential as a supermarket manager when he meets a woman (Vega) who helps him discover what drew him to acting in the first place. Just weeks after the theatrical release, the movie will have its broadband premiere on ClickStar, a new online movie download service backed, in part, by Freeman. [Eugene H...

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    Block Sets Truly Indie Release for "51 Birch Street"

    Doug Block's "51 Birch Street," which debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, will be released by Truly Indie on October 18th. The documentary, produced by Block and Lori Cheatle, is the story of Block's own parents -- after the death of Block's mother, he learns that his father is moving to Florida to be with his secretary from 40 years ago and over the course of the film reveals the secrets of his own family. "'51 Birch Street' is that rare film that perfectly and gracefully captures the drama of life-changing events as family secrets are uncovered," said Truly Indie's Kelly Sanders in a statement. "Done in such a profou...

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    Strand Releasing Brings "Poison Friends" to U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Emmanuel Bourdieu's "Poison Friends" from Les Films du Losange. The film has been selected as an official selection for the 44th edition of the New York Film Festival. "Poison Friends" follows a cadre of college intellectuals who fall prey to one of their group's seductively charming pathological liars. The feature won a prize at this year's International Critic's Week where it had its world premiere as the opening film. Strand's Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal with Les Films du Lonsange's Daniela Elstner. "We're thrilled to be working with Les Films du Losange and that the film has been selec...

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    Goldwyn/Roadside Go for "Grace"

    Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions will jointly distribute Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace" in the United States, the film (which will close the Toronto International Film Festival next month) stars Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Rufus Sewell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds, Michael Gambon, and Albert Finney. Lakeshore Entertainment is on board to handle international distribution and will begin selling the film at the festival. The film is the story of William Wilberforce, a young member of parliament who in the words of an annoucement, "championed the abolition of slavery in the British Empire." [Eugene Hernandez...

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