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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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'Blue is the Warmest Color' Earns NC-17 Rating, Will Go Out Uncut (FRENCH TRAILER)

It's no surprise that Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" has earned an NC-17 rating for “explicit sexual content.” Sundance Selects/IFC Films figured that would be the case when they submitted it. They're stirring up some ratings controversy to lure people to see the lesbian romance starring two lovingly photographed nubile French actresses. They could go unrated stateside if they wanted to. They want audiences to know that the film is not trimmed or softened in any way.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 20, 2013 9:36 PM
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IFC Goes On Cannes Buying Spree

IFC Films is on a buying tear. They happen to be at Cannes, but they obviously had been talking about acquiring U.S. rights to Ari Posin's "The Face of Love" since its well-received debut (under the title "The Look of Love") at SXSW. The romantic mystery stars Annette Bening as a widow who falls hard for an art teacher (Ed Harris) who doesn't know that he happens to be a dead ringer for her late husband.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2013 1:14 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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Sundance Deal: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

IFC has sealed a deal for U.S. rights to David Lowery's Sundance favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The acquisition reportedly came after a battle involving the company and three other distributors that lasted through the night of January 24 and into the morning of the 25th.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:11 PM
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Weekend Box Office: What the Indie Numbers Really Mean UPDATED

The weekend marks the return of two veteran filmmakers who were established in specialized theaters in the 1990s – Whit Stillman and Nanni Moretti. Films from both directors (who have always made pointed observations about their surroundings) opened to respectable if not spectacular grosses this holiday weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 10, 2012 1:52 PM
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Sundance Deal Update: 'Simon Killer,' 'Chasing Ice,' 'The Pact'

With many of the biggest buyers heading home with depleted wallets, smaller deals are playing out. IFC Films is in final talks to acquire "Simon Killer," a psychological drama; this is IFC's second acquisition after writer-director-actor Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts."
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 26, 2012 6:08 PM
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