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UA scores ‘Bowling’

Distrib pins down all U.S. rights to docu

CANNES — United Artists has acquired all U.S. rights to “Bowling for Columbine,” the Michael Moore documentary screening in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Moore’s provocative film attempts to trace the roots of the 1999 tragedy at Littleton, Colo.’s, Columbine High School, where two students opened fire and killed 12 students and a teacher.

Moore’s pic premiered Friday, becoming the first documentary to screen in Competition since 1956.

Other serious bidders included Lions Gate Films.

Pic was produced by Moore, Charles Bishop, Michael Donovan, Kathleen Glynn and Jim Czarnecki.

Moore bowed as a documentary filmmaker with 1989’s “Roger & Me,” which sold to Warner Bros. Pictures for $3 million. It earned $6.7 million in its domestic release.

Alliance Atlantis reps “Bowling” overseas and will release it in Canada through its distribution arm, Odeon Films.

The “Bowling” deal was negotiated by UA topper Bingham Ray with Charlotte Mickie of Alliance Atlantis and John Sloss of Cinetic Media.