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    First Look to Bring "Paris Je t'aime" to North America

    First Look Pictures has acquired North American rights to Cannes 2006 Un Certain Regard opener "Paris, Je t'aime, " the company announced. First Look plans an early 2007 theatrical release for the film that just had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. In "Paris, Je t'aime," a number of leading filmmakers each tell the story of a romantic encounter in one of Paris' districts. Participating directors include: Olivier Assayas, Frederic Auburtin & Gerard Depardieu, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel & Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Nata...

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    Del Col and Mavi Win Telefilm Canada Pitch This Competition

    Anthony Del Col and Jagdeep Mavi won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition for their project "Outsourced" Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film  is a feature comedy about a twenty-something computer programmer/slacker who devises the ultimate get-out-of-work scheme: he outsources his own job to India - without telling his boss or co-workers. Del Col and Mavi receive a $10,000 CAD prize to assist with costs related to the development of the project. Applicants were short-listed down to six finalists, who were assigned pitch coaches to help them prepare for the competition. The competition is part of the festival's ...

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    Newmarket Nabs U.S. Rights to "Death of a President"

    Newmarket Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gabriel Range's "Death of a President," one of the buzz titles at this year's Toronto International Film Festival that gained widespread media attention because of its provocative concept. Structured in the form of a documentary, it is the story of a fictional assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush and premiere Sunday night at the festival. The company is committed to a theatrical release of the movie "sooner rather than later," according to Aaron Ryder from Newmarket. In a statement, filmmmaker Range said, "One of the key themes of the film is the media's rush to judgement and ironically, w...

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    "Rescue Dawn" Flies to MGM for North America

    MGM has acquired all North American rights to "Rescue Dawn," the survival story of Dieter Dengler, an American pilot shot down in Viet Cong territory, written and directed by Werner Herzog and starring Christian Bale, it was announced today by the company's COO Rick Sands. The film, produced by Gibr...

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    Strand Takes US Rights to "Lights in the Dusk"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's "Lights in the Dusk," which is having its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated between Strand's co-president, Jon Gerrans and Michael Weber of Match Factory. The fi...

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    IFC Announces "Requiem" Deal

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Hans-Christian Schmid's "Requiem" and will release the film through IFC First Take on October 20th, 2006. The film is having its North American premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and is the true story of a woman from an extremely religious German family, battling epilepsy, who falls in love and apparently becomes possessed, in the words of an announcement, experiencing "a frightening rush of grotesque faces and voices." The film, starring Sandra Hueller, has already won the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actress, the Silver Bear and Fipresci prize...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Charbol's Latest

    Following its positive North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, French director Claude Chabrol's "A Comedy of Power" has been picked up by Koch Lorber Films for domestic theatrical and home entertainment release. It will open in limited release in January 2007. A political thriller an...

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    Film Movement Picks Up Three

    North American film distribution company Film Movement has announced their acquisition of three films: "MadeinUSA," by Claudia Llosa (Spain/Peru), "Men at Work," by Mani Haghighi (Iran) and "The Great Match," by Geraldo Olivares (Spain/Germany). The films will be released through Film Movement's distribution model that simultaneously releases films through theatres, television and DVD in an attempt to bring award-winning films to a larger audience. "We are proud to be able to present these three impressive films to fans all across the country in theatres, libraries, living rooms and on TV," said Stuart Litman, President of Film Movement. "Mad...

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    IFC Gets Toronto Doc, "...So Goes The Nation"

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's doc "...So Goes The Nation," which will have its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. More details will be published in indieWIRE's daily dispatch from the Toronto festival.

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    Beta Expands Toronto Sales Slate

    Beta Cinema has added Bully Herbig's "Hui Buh" to its roster of German titles at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The story of "lovable, bumbling castle ghost," the film is doing well in its German release, and was a hit printed and audio book. Beta is also selling Chris Kraus' "Four Minutes", Hans Steinbichler's "Winter Journey" and "The Lives of Others" by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a winner at the recent Locarno Film Festival that was acquired for U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures Classics in the States and was showcased over the weekend at the Telluride Film Festival. It has already been sold in 40 countries, inclu...

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