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Why Drafthouse Films Is the Right Distributor for Sundance-Winning Doc 'The Overnighters'

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jesse Moss's Sundance award-winning oil doc "The Overnighters." It portrays the plight of desperate men as they chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields while a devoted pastor risks everything to help them.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 12:59 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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Review: Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Volume I

In Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume I,” a bruised and battered woman, Joe (Charlote Gainsbourg), recounts her lifelong misadventures of nymphomania to a lonely man (Stellan Skarsgard). He continually interrupts her to point out how her sordid tales parallel that of river trout. He’s intellectualizing her sex addiction, in a wickedly humorous way, which is indeed what “Nymphomaniac” is doing, too. The film opens in theaters Friday, March 21 and is now on VOD.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2014 12:54 PM
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New Directors/New Films Review: Iranian Vampire Noir 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'

A strong, exciting voice that emerged from this past Sundance was Ana Lily Amirpour, who brought to the Park City festival what could very well be the first Iranian vampire film, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” The film now opens the 2014 New Directors/New Films Festival, kicking off March 19 at Lincoln Center.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 12:39 PM
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SXSW Review: The Zellners Strike Wonder with 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,' Starring Rinko Kikuchi

Many delightful, haunting things happen in David and Nathan Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” which screens at SXSW 2014. One is that a duo of filmmaking brothers -- moving steadily toward the top of their game after a decade of turning out weird, unique short and feature films -- quote another duo of filmmaking brothers, who have been at the top of the their game for decades.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2014 12:35 PM
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Picturehouse Nabs Adam Wingard's Sundance/SXSW Title 'The Guest' (VIDEO)

Picturehouse has picked up all US rights to director Adam Wingard's upcoming mindbender "The Guest," a hit at Sundance and now headed for SXSW.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 7, 2014 2:02 PM
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Director Marjane Satrapi's Sundance Fave 'The Voices' Gets a US Distributor

From the Iranian-born director of "Chicken with Plums" and the Oscar-nominated "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi's "The Voices," starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick, has finally found a US distributor after its Sundance 2014 premiere.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 5, 2014 5:02 PM
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With 'Hellion' Locked for US Distribution, Where Will Star Aaron Paul's Career Land Post-'Breaking Bad'?

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to writer/director Kat Candler's "Hellion," which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film stars Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis and Josh Wiggins. So after racking up four Emmy noms and two wins for his now-storied performance as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," how will Aaron Paul's career fare in Hollywood?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 24, 2014 8:38 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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Gravitas Scores Sundance Crowdpleaser 'Ping Pong Summer,' Starring Susan Sarandon

Following a warmly received Sundance premiere, writer/director Michael Tully's "Ping Pong Summer" has landed a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 3, 2014 2:40 PM
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