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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Goes "Country"

    Fortissimo Films announced today that it has acquired all rights outside Scandinavia for the Icelandic film "Country Wedding." Currently shooting in Iceland, the film is a comedic road movie about two busloads of Icelanders attending a wedding. Valdis Oskarsdottir (editor of "Eternal Sunshine of t...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Acquires Alice Neel Doc

    Arthouse Films announced at Cannes that it has acquired the worldwide rights to the feature documentary on the life and art of Alice Neel. "Alice Neel" was directed by Alice's grandson, Andrew Neel. It presents a portrait of the struggles the American painter faced as a female artist, a single mot...

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    TLA Releasing Gets "Poor Boy's Game"

    TLA Releasing has acquired all distribution rights in the United Kingdom for "Poor Boy's Game" directed by Clement Virgo. The film, about a young white boxer who upon his release from prison for the brutal beating of a black man, is coached by the victim's father, stars Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon"...

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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber Has Designs on Marconi Doc "Lagerfeld Confidential" for North America

    Koch Lorber Films has acquired theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital rights in North America for director Rodolphe Marconi's "Lagerfeld Confidential," the company announced from Cannes Friday. Lorber plans an October U.S. roll out of the Berlinale '08 doc in October, followed by a DVD, tele...

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    iW NEWS | "Pirate Radio" Goes B-Side

    Austin, Texas-based specialty distributor B-Side Entertainment has secured worldwide distribution rights to doc "Pirate Radio USA" by Jeff Pearson, the company announced Wednesday. The film will be released initially on May 22 via DRM-free download on Bside.com, the company's forthcoming online marketplace for independent films. The digital launch will be escalated in mid-Summer with a "widespread grassroots screening release." The film focuses on the underground world of illegal radion in America in which people play and say what they wish, unless they're caught by the FCC. The film uses a "DIY approach" to show low-wattage radio "Davids" as...

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    iW MARKET NEWS | Strand Gets "Irina Palm"

    Surely not a second-hand movie! A Berlinale 2007 sensation, Sam Garbarski's "Irina Palm" has just been sold by Pyramide International to Strand Releasing for a U.S. release on the arthouse circuit. No release date has been set. The movie has already been sold in most major territories worldwide since its Berlinale debut, including: Italy (Teodora), Germany (X-Verleih), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Scandinavian territories (Sandrew Metronome), Poland (Gutek Films), Brazil (Imovision), Mexico (Cine TV & Video) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings). Only two major territories are still unsold: discussions are underway in Japan and rights in th...

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    iW NEWS | GreeneStreet Takes "Motion"

    It was announced Tuesday that GreeneStreet Films International has acquired Craig Lucas' "Laws of Motion." Lucas ("The Dying Gaul") will direct Matthew Perry, Ben Foster and Hilary Swank in this comedy about three adult siblings reconnecting. The film begins shooting In June in southern Connecticut ...

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    iW NEWS | Warhol Doc Acquired By Arthouse and Netflix

    Esther Robinson's award-winning documentary, "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Andy Warhol Factory," has been picked up in a partnered acquisition between Art House Films, in association with Curiously Bright Entertainment, and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment. The companies will share the North American rights and will release the film theatrically and on DVD. Arthouse individually acquired the Worldwide rights and will represent the film during the Cannes Market. The deal was negotiated between David Koch, Head of Acquisitions & Productions for Arthouse Films, Arthouse partner Lily Bright and her company, Curiously Bright ...

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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Make "Contact"

    Easternlight has sold the North American rights for its Hong Kong martial arts film "Fatal Contact" to The Weinstein Company. It was jointly announced at Cannes today by Ying Ye, Director of Easternlight Films and Gary Hamilton, Managing Director for parent company Arclight Films. Ye and Hamilton ...

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    iW NEWS | American Cinema International Takes "The Butcher"

    Producer and distributor American Cinema International has secured the international rights to horror film "Ed Gein The Butcher of Plainfield." The film tells the true story of serial killer Ed Kein, who was responsible for a series of murders in 1950s rural Wisconsin. It stars Kane Hodder and Mic...

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