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    Studiocanal Takes French Rights to "The Signal"

    Studiocanal has acquired acquired the rights to French-speaking Europe to "The Signal" by David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, Shoreline Entertainment announced over the weekend from Berlin. Shoreline's director of worldwide distribution, Sam Eigen and director of sales, Brian Sweet negotiated...

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    Strand Plans Summer U.S. Release for "The Bubble"

    Strand Releasing has announced its deal for all U.S. rights to Eytan Fox's "The Bubble," which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and is having its Panorama section debut tonight (Saturday) at the Berlin International Film Festival. Exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and set in Israel, the film is described as the story of three men and a woman, "whose lives become intertwined in a story that tracks their loves and the complexities of life in Israel today." Produced and co-written by Gal Uchovsky, longtime collaborator with Fox, the film is the duo's follow-up to "Walk On Water" and "Yossi and Jagger," both of which sc...

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    Lions Gate Lifts US Rights to "The Bank Job"; Teams with Twisted on "Repo!"

    Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Roger Donaldson's "sexy thriller" "Baker Street" aka "The Bank Job," the company's president of theatrical films Tom Ortenberg and Peter Block, president of acquisitions and co-productions jointly announced Thursday. Block, Eda Kowan, vice president of acquisitions and Wendy Jaffe, SVP legal and business affairs, acquisitions negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate, while Relativity Media's Aaron Michiel represented the filmmakers. The film is currently in production in the U.K., with principal photography due to wrap in March. "'The Bank Job' is an incredible story inspired by a daring robbery that to...

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    IFC First Take Eyes May Release for "Day Night Day Night" in U.S.

    North American rights to Julia Loktev's drama "Day Night Day Night" has been acquired by day and date banner IFC First Take, which is eyeing a May 9 release, IFC Entertainment announced Thursday. The film, which is nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards, including best first feature and the Someone to Watch Award, is the story of a "young woman, frail, beautiful, but also excruciatingly withdrawn and isolated, as she arrives in New York on a mysterious mission of extreme social significance." IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Loktev and Pierre Menahem of Scalpel Films. "Julia Loktev is an exciting new talent with an emoti...

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    NonStop Selling Kling's "Darling"

    At the European Film Market, NonStop Sales has announced a deal for international rights to Swedish director Johan Kling's first feature, "Darling," which the company is showing to select buyers here in Berlin. The film was an acclaimed title at the recent Gothenburg Film Festival, winning the Nordic Film Award at last month's festival. It is described as telling, "a tragic and comical tale of young obnoxious upper class, ordinary folks and the conditions of life in Stockholm in early 2000's." The film, starring Michelle Meadows and Michael Segerstrom, was produced by Frederik Heinig and will open tomorrow in Sweden. A a full market premiere ...

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    Steger Foundation Set to Explore Global Warming

    The Will Steger Foundation has announced the first project for its Global Warming 101 environmental education initiative and the production of a documentary, "Baffin Island Expedition '07: The Explorers." The film will track Sir Richard Branson, his son Sam and Mount Everest mountaineer Ed Viesturs on a journey across 1,200 miles to remove villages, set to conclude in May in Iglulik with an acoustic concert. "This film will be bold in its message - that climate change is real and causing irreparable harm to people and wildlife," said Steger, in a statement. "We want viewers to discover the truth for themselves about the effects of global warm...

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    Worldwide Rights to "Man in the Chair" Sits with Shoreline

    Shoreline Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Michael Schroeder "Man in the Chair" from production outfit Elbow Grease Pictures. The film will screen at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. The deal was brokered between Shoreline's Morris Ruskin and Elbow Grease Pictures' Sarah...

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    NonStop Entertainment Takes Two

    NonStop Entertainment acquires two promising French titles from Rezo Films" the romantic-comedy "Two Days in Paris" by Julie Delpy and the erotic drama "Exterminating Angels" by Jean-Claude Brisseau. The film will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2007. [Brian Brooks]

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    Film Facing Chinese Ban in Berlinale Competition

    Questions remain about the fate of Li Yu's Berlinale competition title "Lost in Bejing," an apparently provocative new Chinese film that stars Tony Leung. In a statement, Laurel Films and Films Distribution indicated that the movie was not approved by the censorship film office in China. Director Li Yu and producer Fang Li, in an agreement with worldwide sales company Films Distribution, intend to screen an unedited version of the film at European Film Market screenings, according to a statement, but they added that its unclear whether a censored version will be shown for the film's world premiere in competition on February 16th at the festiv...

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    Fortissimo Sells Scorsese's Stones Doc to Fox for UK, Australia, New Zealand

    Twentieth Century Fox International has announced a deal for UK, Australia and New Zealand rights to Martin Scorsese's new untitled Rolling Stones documentary, in a pact with Fortissimo Films. Scorsese began making the doc in October at the Beacon Theater in New York City where the Stones performed a show in front of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and other notables. Cinematographer Robert Richardson supervised the camera team and Scorcese is currently in post-production with David Tedeschi editing the film (the two also worked together on "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan"). The project will include historical and current behind-the-scenes f...

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