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Anton Yelchin May-December Romance '5 to 7' Goes to IFC Films

IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to writer/director Victor Levin's debut film, "5 to 7," which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:43 PM
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HBO Europe Expands Non-English Language Original Dramas

American audiences know HBO for its premium programming: TV shows like "Game of Thrones," "Girls," "Veep" and films like "The Normal Heart." What they probably don't know is that HBO produces original content abroad--original content, its worth noting, in languages other than English.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 13, 2014 12:33 PM
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'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' Shows the Literary Lion's Intimate Side

Nicholas Wrathall met Gore Vidal for the first time at the Beverly Hills Hotel. They had brunch on an Easter Sunday while a life-size bunny gallivanted about the restaurant—a “surreal” experience, according to the director—but quickly connected over a discussion about the politics of Wrathall’s native Australia.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 22, 2014 12:02 PM
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Sundance Deal Tally: Who's Bought What? (Score Card UPDATED)

UPDATED: We continue to add to our ongoing deal tally out of Sundance (which wrapped January 26). While the buys haven't been high-end, they've been steady. So, who's bought what? A breakdown of companies and numbers of buys, below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2014 1:57 PM
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Oscar Nominated 'Dirty Wars' Glimpses Into Shadow World of U.S. Counterterrorism Via Tenacious Reporter

Oscar nominated "Dirty Wars," the riveting documentary by journalist Jeremy Scahill and director Rick Rowley that probes the shadowy world of U.S. paramilitary operations, almost didn't get made. Or rather, it almost didn't become the film that premiered at Sundance in Januar 2013y to critical plaudits and had a stateside release this past June, via IFC Sundance Selects.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 17, 2014 10:11 AM
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IFC Films Acquires Arnaud Desplechin's 'Jimmy P,' Starring Benicio Del Toro

IFC Films has taken US rights to Arnaud Desplechin's "Jimmy P," which premiered to very mixed reviews at Cannes in May. The film stars Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot Indian overcome by psychological stress after fighting in World War II.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 22, 2013 2:50 PM
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Michel Gondry's DOC NYC Closer, an Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky, Goes to Sundance Selects

Sundance Selects is acquiring North American rights to Michel Gondry’s animated conversation with philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky "Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?" before it closes the DOC NYC festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2013 3:45 PM
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Music Box Does 'Penance,' by Kiyoshi Kurosawa; IFC Takes 'Lucky Them,' Starring Toni Collette

A couple different acquisitions coming in. IFC Films has snapped up rights to "Lucky Them," starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church; the film, directed by Megan Griffiths, premiered at TIFF. And Music Box has nabbed Kiyoshi Kurosawa's ("Cure," "Charisma") five-episode eerie psychological thriller series "Penance."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 2:01 PM
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IFC Films Takes 'Hateship Loveship,' Starring Wiig, Pearce, Steinfeld and More

IFC Films has scooped up TIFF special presentation title "Hateship Loveship," starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte, Christine Lahti and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 17, 2013 12:43 PM
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WATCH: Trailer for Sexy Palme d'Or Winner 'Blue Is the Warmest Color,' with English Subtitles

An English-subtitled trailer has landed for Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color," starring Adele Exarchopoulos as a young woman exploring the intense highs and lows of first love with her lesbian girlfriend (played by Lea Seydoux). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 23, 2013 11:29 AM
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