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Music Box Acquires North American Rights to Cannes Fave 'Alleluia'

Indie distributor Music Box has acquired the North American rights to "Alleluia," Belgian director Fabrice du Welz's horror/drama film that generated buzz at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 26, 2014 11:02 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Ida' and 'Belle' Both Post Strong Openings, 'The Lunchbox' Passes $3 Million

Two high-profile festival entries, "Ida" and "Belle," posted solid debuts in their New York/Los Angeles openings. Lacking big-name directors, stars or high-concept story lines, both specialized films' initial success should help them to find a wider audience.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2014 4:33 PM
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Music Box Films Buys Sundance Audience Award-Winning Doc

Music Box Films has bought all USA rights, excluding TV, to director Nadav Schirman's documentary "The Green Prince" from Submarine and Global Screen. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary section, the German/Israeli/British co-production examines one of Israel's prized intelligence sources.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2014 3:43 PM
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Music Box Picks Up First Two Seasons of French Bordello Series 'Maison Close'

Music Box Films has scooped up US and Canadian rights to the first two seasons of sumptuous bodice-ripping drama "Maison Close," the French TV series set in a 19th century Parisian bordello, created by Jacques Ouaniche.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 2:00 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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Cannes News: Music Box Snags Competition Mikkelsen Starrer 'Michael Kohlhaas'

Ahead of its first Cannes market screening, Chicago-based Music Box Films has picked up all US and Canadian rights to Arnaud des Pallières' competition title "Michael Kohlhaas," starring Mads Mikkelsen and adapted from the 1811 Heinrich von Kleist classic Romantic novel. Films du Losange is selling the film, which is Des Pallières' fourth feature, at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2013 2:24 PM
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Music Box Picks Up Cesar Nominee 'Augustine' for Spring 2013 Release

Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to Cesar nominee "Augustine," the debut feature by French writer-director Alice Winocour. The film stars Vincent Lindon, Soko and Chiara Mastroianni, and centers on the real-case story of the unusual relationship between 19th-century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 1:12 PM
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Music Box Has Plans for 'Le Weekend,' Starring Broadbent, Duncan and Goldblum

Music Box Films has acquired all US rights to "Le Weekend," directed by Roger Michell ("Hyde Park on Hudson"). The film stars veteran Brit actor Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2013 2:29 PM
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'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Producers Release Swedish 'Wallander' In Theaters

Music Box Films isn't missing a trick. Having been the only distributor sharp enough to acquire the three-part edited-for-movies version of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series, the distributor is now releasing in theaters the first episode of the second season of the original Swedish "Wallander" TV series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 6:20 PM
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Indie Box Office Analysis: 'The Raid' and 'The Deep Blue Sea' Are Off to the Races

Two new solid openings – “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Deep Blue Sea” – both took somewhat unusual routes beyond normal platforms to find their audiences this weekend. The former showed some real appeal to a non-specialized, younger audience, while the latter shows some initial promise responding to its mostly excellent reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 25, 2012 5:54 PM
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