Pic preemed at Berlin Film Festival last month

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions have picked up North American rights to Israeli director Eytan Fox’s political thriller about the humanization of a Mossad assassin, “Walk on Water,” the second joint acquisition for the two companies.

Premiered in the Panorama sidebar of the Berlin Film Festival last month, film deals with a homophobic, macho Israeli intelligence agent on assignment in Berlin to erase a Nazi war criminal, and the eye-opening relationship he forms with his target’s grandchildren, one of whom is a gay man.

Pic is Fox’s follow-up to his widely exported gay-themed Israeli Army drama “Yossi and Jagger,” distributed in the U.S. by Strand Releasing. New drama stars Lior Ashkenazi (“Late Marriage”).

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Since Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff’s new unit Roadside Attractions joined the Independent Distribution Partners banner that also houses Goldwyn, the companies jointly acquired director Morgan Spurlock’s Sundance docu hit “Super Size Me.”

Deal on “Water” was negotiated at the American Film Market by Goldwyn’s Los Angeles-based director of acquisitions, Peter Goldwyn, with Hengameh Panahi of sales company Celluloid Dreams. A fall theatrical release is planned.

Upcoming titles from Goldwyn include George Hickenlooper’s DJ docu “Mayor of the Sunset Strip”; Brit chiller “Close Your Eyes” (formerly “Hypnotic”), with Goran Visnjic; and youth romance “Stateside,” starring Jonathan Tucker, Rachael Leigh Cook and Val Kilmer.

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