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‘Man’ sold in market

AFM Brief

In the run-up to the American Film Market, specialty distrib TLA Releasing has closed U.S. theatrical, DVD/VHS and TV rights to romantic comedy “The Man Who Copied.”

Helmed by Jorge Furtado, pic won six Brazilian Academy awards. It is sold by Brazil’s Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV.

TLA has also picked up North American home entertainment rights on Ntshaveni Wa Luruli’s South African coming-of-age drama “The Wooden Camera.” Pic turns on the lives of two young boys in a poor Cape Town township.

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France’s TF1 Intl. has strengthened its sales relationship with Italian production house Cattleya, taking international rights to two of its latest productions, Marco Tullio Giordana’s “Quando sei nato” (Once You Were Born) and Michele Placido’s “Romanzo criminale.”

TF1 is already handling international on the Cattleya-produced “Eyes of Crystal.”

Created in 1999 by Rocardo Tozzi, Cattleya is a prime producer of high-quality films with audience and festival appeal, such as Penelope Cruz starrer “Don’t Move” and Giordana’s acclaimed “The Best of Youth.”

Budgeted north of $5 million and a co-production with RAI Cinema, Babe Films and Once You Were Born Films in the U.K., “Born” concerns a spoiled, rich 13-year-old who is rescued by illegal immigrants after an accident at sea.

Co-produced by Warner Bros. in Italy, “Romanzo” is based on a real-life gang that dominated organized crime in the capital during the 1970s.

John Hopewell

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