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Fortissimo Films has signed on to represent Sundance nonfiction hit “Super Size Me,” marking the company’s third deal to handle international sales on a U.S. documentary after “Capturing the Friedmans” and “Spellbound.”

The film chronicles writer-director Morgan Spurlock’s experience and the effects on his health of a self-imposed 30-day diet exclusively from the McDonald’s menu. The experiment was part of a larger study of obesity and fast-food addiction in America.

Consulting firm Cinetic Media closed a North American acquisition deal on the title after Sundance with Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films, which followed A&E’s earlier purchase of cable rights. Goldwyn is planning a midyear release.

At the recent Berlin Film Festival market, Cinetic also sold rights to Dendy Films in Australia and Tartan Films in the U.K.

Fortissimo will present the film to international buyers at the American Film Market and is preparing for a wider launch at one of the key international film fests this year. Spurlock and John Sloss of Cinetic negotiated the deal with Fortissimo co-chairs Wouter Barendrecht and Michael Werner.

After several delays, Fortissimo’s new Wong Kar-wai feature, “2046,” starring Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi, is expected to be ready to premiere at Cannes this year.

The Amsterdam- and Hong Kong-based outfit also has two U.S. independent features that may bow at the French fest: Gregg Araki’s “Mysterious Skin” and “Roger Dodger” helmer Dylan Kidd’s sophomore feature, “P.S.,” starring Laura Linney, Topher Grace, Gabriel Byrne and Marcia Gay Harden.

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