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‘Late August’ tops Zeitgeist list

Distrib picks up trio of niche pix

NEW YORK — Zeitgeist Films has acquired three films from the festival circuit.

The New York indie film distributor has picked up all U.S. rights to “Late August, Early September,” the latest film from Olivier Assayas.

“Late August” premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival and screened at the New York Film Festival. It stars Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar, Francois Cluzet and Virginie Ledoyen as friends struggling to find happiness within their relationships.

A spring 1999 release is planned.

Zeitgeist, which is run by Emily Russo and Nancy Gerstman, has also acquired U.S. rights to Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal’s “Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles,” which premiered in Toronto.

Pic features an extensive interview with Bowles in Tangier as well as highlights of what proved to be the last meeting between Bowles, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg in New York in 1995. “Let It Come Down” will be released in April 1999 at New York’s Film Forum.

Following the Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, Zeitgeist nabbed U.S. rights to another Canadian pic, “Brakhage.” Directed by Jim Shedden, the biopic about experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage had its world preem at the Telluride Film Festival.

It will be released theatrically in spring 1999.

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