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Tribeca Film Festival 2009 – Done Deals, Likely Sales, and Movies Someone Should Pick Up Already

The Tribeca Film Festival is no Sundance but it’s still a marketplace for films looking for that all-important distribution deal. Here’s a look at how things stand at the midway point.

What Got a Deal

Documentaries are ahead of the game. Even though they’re considered a tougher sell, three have found a home so far: Lost Son of Havana, The Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, and Defamation. Granted, only Defamation won a theatrical release, but it’s a start. Lost Son (picked up by ESPN) and The Fixer (picked up by HBO) will both air sometime in August.

What’s Likely to Get a Deal

Narrative films with all-star casts are no-brainers for acquisition, so it’s no surprise Meg Ryan’s quirky black comedy Serious Moonlight is generating interest, as is Don McKay, a neo-noir starring Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue. But it’s The Eclipse, starring Ciaran Hinds and Aidan Quinn,

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What Should Get a Deal
My Last Five Girlfriends is a hilarious out-of-the-ordinary British comedy, with few real stars known stateside. (Michael Sheen just has a cameo and Naomi Harris is the fifth girlfriend.) But this could be the kind of flick that launches careers — lead actor Brendan Patricks is as fresh as Hugh Grant was coming off of Four Weddings and a Funeral . “I hope it gets a distributor who’ll nurture it and give it the release it deserves,” Harris told AMC News. In truth, everyone here feels that way.

For more on this year’s festival, tune in to the AMC News Special on Fri., May 1 @ 11PM | 10C.

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