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AFM Deal Roundup: Ruffalo, Hoffman, Hopkins and a 'Hobo With a Shotgun'

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Nov 04, 2010 | 6:48am EDT

Rachel WeiszFollowing is a roundup of American Film Market deals making news over the past day.

Voltage Pictures has closed a host of pre-AFM sales for indie political drama The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz, Variety reports. Territories to acquire the project include Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Latin America, Taiwan and the Middle East. UTA is selling the pic for the US.

Also per Variety, Maya Entertainment has acquired US rights to Sympathy for Delicious, Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut. Plans are to release in the spring. Ruffalo, Juliette LewisOrlando Bloom and Laura Linney star.

London-based WestEnd Films has boarded international sales for The Song of Names, directed by Vadim Perelman and starring Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman.

Per Screen, the project will be shot by Oscar-winning DP Pawel Edelman. Script is by Oscar-nominated writer Jeffrey Caine with a score composed by Oscar winner James Horner.

Story follows a man searching for a childhood friend, who mysteriously vanished one day when they were teenagers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anchor Bay Films has acquired all distribution rights for the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to Joker Films' Daydream Nation. Michael Goldbach's feature debut stars Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas.

TF1 International is handling two Canadian projects: Hobo With a Shotgun and :) 388 Arletta Avenue.

Latter is produced by Vincenzo Natali and Steven Hoban. Starring Nick Stahl, the found-footage film is Paranormal Activity meets Rear Window, says TF1.

Hobo is from director Jason Eisener, who originally won top honors in the Grindhouse Trailer Contest with a faux trailer for the project. Rutger Hauer stars in the vigilante tale.

France's Memento Films is handling the English-language debut of Palme d'Or winner and Oscar nominee Laurent Cantet, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' Foxfire.

The project, per Screen, is set in 1950s America and follows a group of headstrong teenage girls. Memento previously handled Cantet's lauded The Class.

StudioCanal has sold all Japanese rights on horror hit The Last Exorcism to Comstock Group.

Indomina Releasing, says Screen, has acquired all North American rights from Films Distribution to French horror project The Pack, which premiered in Cannes and stars Yolande Moreau and Emilie Dequenne.

Magnolia International has closed multiple territories on Norwegian creature feature Troll Hunter. According to Screen, the film has sold in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, Brazil and Thailand.

Finally, Strand Releasing has picked up all US rights to Catherine Breillat's Sleeping Beauty from Pyramide Intl. The film will be released next spring.

Source: Hollywood Wiretap

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