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TODAY The Awakening

Memento’s Elles sells well

BY MIKE GOODRIDGE Memento Films International has scored a slew of deals on Malgoska Szumowska’s Elles. The movie, which stars Juliette

Binoche as a journalist investigat- ing prostitution, has sold to the UK (Artificial Eye), Spain (Golem), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Benelux (Four Corners/Wild Bunch), Brazil (Imovision), Switzerland (Fre- netic), South Korea (Wise And Wide) and Australia (Palace Films) among others.

Fortissimo Films adopts Michael

BY MIKE GOODRIDGE Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights outside India to Ribhu Das Gupta’s Michael, which will have its world premiere here in CWC on Thursday. The psychological drama is pre-

sented by Tipping Point Films, a division of Viacom18 Motion Pic- tures. P&I screenings are today and tomorrow.

Exclusive ties up with Zipper

Exclusive Media Group (EMG) has signed a first-look deal with Undefeated producers Zipper Bros Films ahead of the film’s screening in Toronto tonight. The partners will develop,

finance and produce up to two documentaries per year with a distinct social purpose. Titles will be produced under Exclusive’s documentary label, Spitfire Pictures. Zipper Bros Films chief Ralph Zipper negotiated the deal with EMG co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and the head of documentary Films at Exclusive, Glen Zipper. Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin

directed Undefeated, which premiered at SXSW and charts the fortunes of an inner-city Memphis football team. Jeremy Kay

Film Movement grabs Historias

BY JEREMY KAY Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Historias by Bra- zilian fi lm-maker Julia Murat. The Portuguese-language

drama, about life in an old-fash- ioned community confronted by modernity, screened here follow- ing its world premiere in Venice.

Film Movement president Adley

Gartenstein and VP of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with Pierre Menahem and Juliette Lepoutre of MPM Film. Film Movement plans a second quarter 2012 launch and will roll out on limited release day- and-date with VoD.

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Terraferma shifts for Elle Driver

BY JEREMY KAY Elle Driver has closed key territo- ries here on Emanuele Crialese’s Venice special jury prize-winner Terraferma ahead of its North American premiere tonight. The drama will screen in an

extra press and industry screening today at 9:00am at Bell Lightbox 6 and has gone to Benelux (Cinem- ien), Israel (United King), Middle East (Phars), Scandinavia (Non- Stop) and Brazil (Conquest). 01 will release in Italy and Elle Driver is in talks over English-

Hubert Boesl

Madonna was here yesterday for the North American premiere of her second film as a director, romantic drama W.E., which had its Gala screening yesterday evening at Roy Thomson Hall.

Historias stars Sonia Guedes and

Lisa Favero and will also screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival. “Historias is one of the most

beautiful, poetic and profoundly moving fi lms we have seen in the past years,” Conget said. “It is truly an unforgettable work of art, and Julia Murat is a director to look out for in years to come. We could not be more proud to be the North American distributors.”

Lin lands in FilmNation

Chris Hastings of 1066 Productions, Mark Ankner of William Morris Endeavor and Christine Vachon of Killer Films spoke at the opening panel on film packaging, which kicked off the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s sixth annual International Financing Forum on Sunday.

BY JEREMY KAY Johnny Lin, of Taiwan entertain- ment group Filmula, is expanding his reach into co-financing and production and has clinched a first-look development deal with FilmNation. The partners will co-produce

and fi nance projects and Lin said the fi rst title in the pipeline is the rom-com F***ing Engaged to star Jessica Biel.

Meanwhile Lin’s Taiwanese dis-

tribution company Studio Solu- tions Group (SSG) has renewed its output deal with Relativity for a further fi ve years. “As our production funding is

becoming available, it is an entic- ing incentive to strike a deal which grants access to tier-A fi lms for dis- tribution and an option to fi nance high-octane productions that may yield substantial returns,” Lin said.

Well Go picks up two from CJ Well Go USA has bought the South Korean pair of My Way and Tarbosaurus from CJ Entertainment. The distributor took North American DVD, digital, VoD and television rights to Kang Je-gyu’s action war drama My Way and has earmarked an early 2012 release.


TLA bewitched by Beauty TLA Releasing has taken US rights to Oliver Hermanus’ South African drama Beauty from MK2. Previous sales include the UK, Benelux, Australia, Germany, Poland and Italy. Other territories are about to be signed.

Stamm to helm 13 remake IM Global has hired The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm for 13, its remake of Thai horror thriller 13: Game Of Death. Stamm and writing partner David Birke are adapting the screenplay, which IM Global CEO Stuart Ford is looking to take into production in early 2012. Ford will produce alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik, IM Global’s production joint venture with Alliance Films, and Kiki Miyake.

McQueen’s Shame sells to Spain, Scandinavia Alta Films has picked up Spain and NonStop Entertainment has taken Scandinavia to Steve McQueen’s Shame from HanWay Films. The movie was picked up for the US over the weekend by Fox Searchlight.

speaking territories, Russia and Spain. The fi rst deals have come in on

Bachelorette, a black comedy from Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Produc- tions and BCDF Pictures that stars Kirsten Dunst and Adam Scott. Icon has licensed UK rights,

Mars will distribute in France, Top Film has acquired Russia, United King has taken Israel and Phars will release in the Middle East. There has been a string of deals

on Tanya Wexler’s rom-com Hyste- ria starring Felicity Jones, Maggie

Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, which screens for press and industry tomorrow and receives its gala pre- miere on Thursday. Deals have closed in Germany (Senator), Aus- tralia (Hopscotch), Italy (Bim), Spain (Vertigo), Scandinavia (Scan- box), Benelux (Paradiso), Switzer- land (Praesens), Greece (Feelgood), Brazil (Conquest), South Korea (Mimedia), Portugal (VC Multime- dia), Poland (Hagi), Israel (United King), Taiwan (Catchplay), Thai- land (M Pictures), Ukraine (Aurora) and Croatia (Cinemania).

REVIEWS GHOST STORY Nick Murphy’s psychological mystery The Awakening features a terrific turn from Rebecca Hall » PAGE 3

WALTZING SARAH Polley’s second feature, Take This Waltz, is a worthy investigation into the endurance of love » PAGE 5

MAN ON FIRE A magnetic Matthew Goode impresses in Burning Man » PAGE 7

SCREENINGS What to see today » START PAGE 10


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