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Sundance Film Festival Goes to Hong Kong

Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects will offer Hong Kong premieres of eight new films from the 2014 Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., with filmmakers on hand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 2:27 AM
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Cannes: Sundance Selects Picks Up Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard Entry 'The Blue Room'

Sundance Selects has made its first buy at the Cannes Film Festival, acquiring North American rights to director Mathieu Amalric's Un Certain Regard entry "The Blue Room."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 16, 2014 3:56 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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Sundance Selects Takes Toronto Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier'

On the heels of its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival documentary line-up, "Finding Vivian Maier" is going to Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature doc, which they produced with executive producer Jeff Garlin. "Finding Vivian Maier" unearths the mysteries behind an undiscovered street photographer, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 3:33 PM
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Sundance Selects Acquires Polanski's 'Venus in Fur'

Sundance Selects has picked up Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur," which recently premiered in competition at Cannes, for US distribution. The film stars actress and Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Almaric, who previously starred opposite each other in Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 1:19 PM
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Sundance Selects Is Releasing Cannes Winners 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and 'Like Father, Like Son'

The folks at Sundance Selects are smiling, as they not only acquired U.S. rights to Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color," a lesbian romance that is sure to be a hot ticket back stateside, but U.S. rights to Japanese writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Jury Prize Winner "Like Father, Like Son," as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2013 4:29 PM
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Sundance Selects and IFC Appoint Three New Execs for Marketing and Publicity

Sundance Selects/IFC Films has just appointed three new executives to head their marketing and publicity departments for the company's distribution labels.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 4:36 PM
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Review: Urban Poverty and Youthful Pluck Coexist in Ken Loach's 'The Angels' Share'

Just four days after the death of Margaret Thatcher, the divisive British prime minister who transformed the United Kingdom during the 1980s, Ken Loach's new film "The Angels' Share" opened last Friday at the the IFC Center in Manhattan's West Village. The timing, although of course coincidental, was instructive: it was Thatcherite policies that created the very socioeconomic conditions that Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty--a long-time collaborator of the English-born director--set out to highlight in their film.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • April 16, 2013 11:19 AM
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Sundance Title 'Blue Caprice' Goes to Sundance Selects, Stars Isaiah Washington

Sundance Selects takes North American rights to Alexandre Moors’ "Blue Caprice." The film, which stars Isaiah Washington, is Moors' feature debut. It premiered at Sundance and it set to open New Directors/New Films.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2013 3:27 PM
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China Rejects Court Appeal for Artist and Doc Subject Ai Weiwei; No-Travel Ban Continues

Outspoken artist and dissident Ai Weiwei was rejected today by a Chinese court for his appeal against a tax evasion fine from 2011. He was imprisoned for the charge for three months of last year, and upon release was slapped with the fine. After his bail conditions failed to be lifted on June 22, Ai continues to be detained from traveling outside of China.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 20, 2012 2:29 PM
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