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    Barbet Schroeder Doc at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has confirmed its deal for Barbet Schroeder's feature-length doc, "Terror's Advocate," in a deal with sales company Wild Bunch. The film, produced by Rita Dagher is about Jacques Verges, described by Wild Bunch as, "the highly controversial French lawyer, war veteran, revolutionary, agitator and intellectual popularly known as 'The Devil's Advocate'." The controversial figure is known for, in the words of the company, "his persistent defense of those many perceive as the indefensible." In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said, "We're very excited to be co-producing 'Terror's Advocate' with Barbet Schroeder and W...

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    Goldwyn Gets "Goya's Ghosts"

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced the acquisition of North American rights to Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts," produced by Saul Zaentz. The company is planning a Summer '07 release for the film, which stars Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard. Written by Forman and Jean-Claude Carriere ("Birth," "Valmont") the film is described as being, "told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya (played by Skarsgard), whose paintings are best known for both brutality and the colorful depictions of life during the Spanish Inquisition. The drama unfolds as Brother Lorenzo (Bardem), an enigmatic member of the powerful S...

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    GreeneStreet Sells "Tenderness"

    John Polson's "Tenderness," a new film starring Russell Crowe has been sold to three major territories by GreeneStreet Films International. The company has secured deals in Italy (MediaFilm), Scandinavia (Nordisk), and Russia (21st Century) with pacts brokered by GSFI president Ariel Veneziano. The film has also been sold to Mexico (TV Azteca) and Argentina (Alfa), with Lionsgate handling the film in the U.S. "Tenderness" is described as the story of "a confused fifteen-year-old dreamer in search of an escape from her troubled home life." Other GSFI titles on sale at the European Film Market include John August's "The Nines," Danny Leiner's "...

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    Odeon Takes Canadian Rights to Panorama Opener "The Tracey Fragments"

    Berlinale Panorama opener "The Tracey Fragments" by Bruce McDonald has been picked up by Canada's Odeon Films. Odeon Films president Bryan Gliserman has sealed an all-rights-deal for the Canadian territory with the film's producers, Paul Barkin, Bruce McDonald, Sarah Timmins, and with Munich-based world sales company Bavaria Film International. The film is described as a "a dazzling pop art underground fashion, based on the critically-acclaimed and same-named novel by Vancouver author Maureen Medved, who also penned the screenplay, and stars young actress Ellen Page ("Hard Candy") as the scared protagonist Tracey Berkowitz." [Brian Bro...

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    GreeneStreet Takes Sales Rights for "The Nines"

    GreeneStreet Films International has acquired "The Nines" for international sales, the group announced from Berlin. UTA and HJTH negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with GreeneStreet Films International president Ariel Veneziano and founder and president John Penotti. The directorial deb...

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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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