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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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    Regent Releasing Takes "Aurora Borealis" for September Release

    Regent Releasing, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of Regent Entertainment, has acquired worldwide rights to James Burke's family drama "Aurora Borealis," the company announced Thursday. Starring Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis and Louise Fletcher, the film is about a young man (Jackson) who works at his grandparents' senior residence and developing a bond with his ailing grandfather (Sutherland), while finding himself in a "spirited relationship" with a feisty nurse (Lewis). The film will open in select theaters nationwide September 15. The film was represented for sale by John Manulis of Visionbox P...

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    Weinsteins and IFC Team for "Indigenes" in North America

    French director Rachid Bouchareb's "Indigenes" (Days of Glory) will be distributed in North America by both The Weinstein Company and IFC Films. Set during World War II, the film stars James Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila and Roschdy Zem about four North African soldiers who came to Europe to ...

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    SPC Goes for Popular Australian Film, "jindabye"

    Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed Ray Lawrence's "jindabyne," the hit Australian film starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne that is screening this week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Fresh from this year's Cannes Film Festival, the movie is set to have its North American premiere at...

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    Fall Release Planned for "Dixie Chicks" Doc As Weinsteins Close Worldwide Deal

    Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" has been acquired by The Weinstein Company, in a worldwide rights deal announced Monday ahead of the doc's upcoming debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows the female country music trio's ollercoaster thr...

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    IFC Buys "Barley"

    IFC Entertainment has nabbed rights to Ken Loach's Cannes winner, "The Wind That Shakes The Barley." The company plans to release the movie via its new IFC First Take day-and-date distribution initiative that takes films simultaneously to theaters and on-demand cable television. The film will screen...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Lionsgate on scent of "Blood Trails"

    Indie distributor Lionsgate has picked up U.S. and U.K. rights to "Blood Trails," an English-language horror film about a bike messenger whose life becomes a living hell after a one-night stand with a mysterious stranger. The German-produced feature won the audience award at Edinburgh's Dead by Dawn...

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    Fortissimo Selling "Hula Girls"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding Japan and Korea, to Lee Sang-Il's feel-good film, "Hula Girls." Set in 1965, the film is based on actual events surrounding a move to build a Hawaiian tourist village in a Japanese coal mining town. In the film, a dance instructor teaches local young women to dance the Hula and along the way they "become a phenomenal success as heroes of their hometown, as well as an inspiration throughout Japan," according to an announcement. Produced by Cine Qua Non, the film will be released in Japan in September and includes music from the acclaimed Hawaiian ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro....

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    Fortissimo Inks UK Deals for "The Bridge"

    In the UK...ICA Films has nabbed theatrical and DVD rights to Eric Steel's "The Bridge," while Channel 4 has acquired TV broadcast rights. Fortissimo Films brokered the deals for the U.S. film and said today that Steel's doc, about suicides at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, will screen at this ...

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