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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 fight for occupied France. The foursome, among 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers" sent to liberate their colonial masters, crossed the Mediterranean from France's North African colonies and fought in the French army, helping to win battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a Ger...

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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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    Mann's "Rat Fink" Set for U.S. Release

    Abramorama has acquired Ron Mann's animated biopic "Tales of the Rat Fink," about Hot Rod Legend Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, creator of the anti-Mickey Mouse icon, Rat Fink. The film, featuring the voices of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Ann-Margret, and Brian Wilson, among others, had its world premiere earlier this year at SXSW and includes classic archival footage of the golden age of hot rods and the surf rock soundtrack of The Sadies. According to the announcement, Catherine Tait of Duopoly brokered the distribution deal between Ron Mann's Sphinx Productions and Abramorama, which released Mann's previous movies, "Grass" and "Go Further." "Tales of th...

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    Magnolia Eyeing Both Sides of the Aisle with "Jesus Camp" Doc

    "Jesus Camp," the new documentary about three Missouri kids who travel to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" evangelical summer camp, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for a September theatrical release that will target both conservative Christian and liberal doc audiences alike. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's follow-up to "The Boys of Baraka" debuted at this year's Tribeca Film Festival where it won a Special Documentary Jury Prize and went on to pick up the SilverDocs Sterling Award at SilverDocs last month. Produced by A&E IndieFilms, "Jesus Camp" offers a unique window into the North Dakota camp where young kids are actively train...

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