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From Wang to von Trier: Berlin acquisitions

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Lucky Red will be distributing Chinese director Wang Quan-An’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Tuya’s Marriage in Italy.

Andrea Occhipinti’s company had previously picked up Jia Zhang Ke’s Still Life, the Golden Lion winner at last year’s Venice fest, which will be out in cinemas on March 23, confirming its appreciation of Eastern cinema (which includes The Wedding Banquet, Golden Bear, 1993; Vive l'Amour Golden Lion, 1994; and In the Mood for Love, award-winner at Cannes 2000).

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After the success in Italian cinemas of The Boss of it All [+see also:
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by Lars von Trier, in Berlin Lucky Red pre-bought the distribution rights from Trust Film Sales to Anti-Christ, von Trier’s return to the horror genre (after the eerie The Kingdom) and How To Get Rid of the Others by Anders Rønnow Klarlund, produced by Louise Vesth for Zentropa.

Lucky Red also bought O ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias, the second feature film by Brazil’s Cao Hamburger, in competition at the Berlinale, and two documentaries, I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal, directed by Richard Trank, and Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens by Barbara Leibovitz.

At Berlin’s European Film Market, 01 Distribution found its Christmas 2007 film: Chris Weitz’s The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Eva Green, which will be released on December 7 in the US by Warner Bros.

Lady Film picked up two European films: The Counterfeiters [+see also:
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by Viennese director Stefan Ruzowitzky, presented in competition at the festival, and Gucha - Distant Trumpet by Croatia’s Dusan Milic, produced by Karl Baumgartner (Pandora Films), Thanassis Karathanos (Twenty Twenty Vision), Stefan Kitanov (Arts Films Bulgaria) and Emir Kusturica.

Led by Alessandro Usai, Mikado, which a little over a month ago became part of the De Agostini group, acquired from TF1 International the Berlinale opener La Vie en rose [+see also:
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by Olivier Dahan, as well as In Bruges, the debut feature and dark comedy by Martin McDonagh (2006 Oscar 2006 for the short film Six Shooter).

The film, produced in the UK by Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin for Blueprint Pictures, features an exceptional cast that includes Irish stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, emerging French actress Clémence Poesy and Belgium’s Jeremie Renier.

From Wild Bunch BIM picked up the French €16m blockbuster Molière [+see also:
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by Laurent Tirard, produced by Fidélité Films and released at home at the end of January.

Irina Palm [+see also:
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by Sam Garbarski, the film that according to many critics should have won an award at the Berlinale, was picked up for Italy by Teodora Film, which also optioned Susanne Bier’s new film on the basis of its screenplay.

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