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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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    PARK CITY '07 BIZ WRAP | 15 Films For $50 Million: "Sunshine" Dreams Spark Sundance Deals

    Fox Searchlight's North American rights deal for John Carney's "Once," considered the sleeper hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival, capped a wave of deals from the festival as buyers now prepare to make their way to Berlin this week for the increasingly important European Film Market. While some $50 million has already been spent for some 15 theatrical deals (see the complete list at the end of this story), insiders expect more Park City pacts to emerge. Buyers and sellers also continue to try and make sense of why the market was so robust this year given pre-fest trade reports that downplayed the upcoming festival and painted a relative...

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    Searchlight Gets Carney's "Once"

    In a deal that closed late Thursday, Fox Searchlight has acquired North American rights to John Carney's Sundance '07 hit, "Once." The film won the world dramatic competition audience award last week and Carney recently discussed the movie in an indieWIRE interview. Produced by Martina Niland and executive produced by David Collins, the film is set for release later this year and was acquired in a deal with Summit Entertainment, which is handling international sales and distribution. In a statement, Fox Searchlight COO Nancy Utley said, "'Once' swept the entire Searchlight team off its feet. From acquisitions to production to marketing, distr...

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    Fortissimo Gets "Blood Brothers"

    Alexi Tan's first feature "Blood Brothers" has been acquired for worldwide sales, outside of Asia, by Fortissimo. The $10 million Chinese language film was acquired from CMC Entertainment and Lions Rock Productions (Terrence Chang and John Woo's company). Fortissimo intends to launch sales of the film at the European Film Market in Berlin next week. The cast includes Liu Ye, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen, Shu Qi, and Tony Yang. The director studied in London and at NYU, starting his career as a still photographer. His first short film, "17.17," screening at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2000 and he has since directed TV commercials and ...

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    WMM Gets Sundance Doc, "Enemies of Happiness"

    Eva Mulvad and Anja Al Erhayem's Danish documentary "Enemies of Happiness," which won the Silver Wolf competition at IDFA and had its recent debut in the world documentary competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Women Make Movies, organization head Debbie Zimmerman announced today. The film profiles a controversial young woman (Malalai Joya) who ran for election Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in 35 years back in 2005. Describing the film, Sundance programmer Caroline Libresco wrote about the film, "Protected by armed guards, Joya heads to poor rural areas to address crowds of women, pledging to be the...

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