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Fireworks sets ‘Believer’ to burst onscreen in 2002

Pic nabbed prizes at Sundance, Moscow Intl. Film Festival

Fireworks Pictures has set an early 2002 theatrical release date for its Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner “The Believer,” which will premiere on Showtime in September.

Pic will go out through Fireworks’ Gotham-based joint distribution venture Independent Distribution Partnership, in which Fireworks is partnered with Samuel Goldwyn and Stratosphere.

“Believer,” written and directed by Henry Bean, made waves at Sundance this year. Pic is based on the true story of Danny Balint, a former Yeshiva student who becomes a neo-Nazi skinhead out of a twisted, erudite love-hate relationship with God.

Pic will also screen in the Contemporary World Cinema Section of this year’s Toronto Film Festival.

In addition to its Sundance prize, film has also picked up the Golden St. George at the Moscow Intl. Film Festival, as well as the Russian Film Clubs Federation Award. It also received a special mention at the Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival for its “daring way to deal with racism in a contemporary world.”

Bean, who made his directorial debut with “The Believer,” has also been nominated for the Gotham Awards’ Open Palm Award, to be announced Oct. 1.

IDP’s upcoming releases include the romantic comedy “Tortilla Soup,” Paul Cox’s “Innocence” and Telluride Film Festival smash hit “Better Than Sex.”

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