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Drafthouse Films and Films We Like Nab Ari Folman's 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright

Drafthouse Films and Films We Like have snapped up North American rights to Ari Folman's animated-live-action hybrid "The Congress," which recently made its world premiere at Cannes in the Directors Fortnight sidebar. The film stars Robin Wright as an aging actress who participates in a radical experiment to keep her career afloat: She creates a digital replica of herself.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2013 12:37 PM
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Cannes Deal: Drafthouse Films Nabs Dutch Domestic Thriller 'Borgman'

Drafthouse Films has picked up rights to domestic thriller "Borgman" from this year's Cannes Film Festival. Helmed by Alex van Warmerdam ("Grimm," "Abel"), and in the tonal vein of Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" and Michael Haneke's "Funny Games," it is the first Dutch film to play in competition at the fest in nearly 40 years.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 31, 2013 1:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Kim Ki-Duk's Venice Golden Lion Winner 'Pieta,' Plus New Mondo Poster

The new trailer for Kim Ki-Duk's 2012 Venice Golden Lion winner and South Korea's Oscar entry "Pieta" has arrived, along with a poster by Mondo artist Jay Shaw (Mondo's sister company, Drafthouse Films, is distributing the film). Jo Min-soo gives a knockout performance as a woman claiming to be the long-lost mother of a lone shark (Lee Jung-jin) who collects bloody paybacks for his moneylender boss. He literally takes limbs in payment.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 3:39 PM
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Drafthouse Films Nabs 'A Band Called Death,' Documentary on Lost and Reborn '70s Punk Group

Drafthouse Films has taken North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino's documentary "A Band Called Death," chronicling the rise to cult stardom of '70s African-American proto-punk trio Death almost 30 years after the release of their forgotten demo tape. The film will screen at SXSW (March 8-16). Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Drafthouse Picks Up Harrowing Genocide Reenactment Doc 'The Act of Killing'

Drafthouse Films has acquired US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's breakout Danish doc "The Act of Killing." The film, described by Errol Morris as "a non-fiction film unlike anything else," is a series of portraits of Indonesian death squad leaders, challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in whatever cinematic form they desire...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2012 1:49 PM
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Official South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta' (Video Clip)

Tim League's Drafthouse Films has acquired "Pieta," South Korea's official entry in the 2013 Best Foreign Language Oscar race. From award-winning director Kim Ki-duk ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring"), the violent must-see drama, which I saw in Toronto, focuses on a lethal loan shark who maims his vitims for a living. He is forced to reconsider his dangerous lifestyle and his own humanity when a mysterious woman arrives on his doorstep claiming to be the mother he never had.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 1:52 PM
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TIFF Roundup: New Deals & Partnerships, Incl. Drafthouse, 'Leviathan,' Backup Media & Groupe 1, Plus eOne Buys Alliance

A roundup of news from the Toronto fest...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • September 7, 2012 2:07 PM
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