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Cinemavault paints Van Gogh trio

Ironworks, Column strike deal with distrib

CANNES — Cinemavault Releasing has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the English-lingo remakes of three films from the late, controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh: “Interview,” directed by Steve Buscemi; “Blind Date,” directed by Stanley Tucci; and “1-900,” directed by Bob Balaban.

Deal was made with producers Bob Weiss of Gotham-based Ironworks Prods. and Dutch producer Gijs van de Westelaken and his Column Prods. Nick Stiliadis, CEO of Cinemavault, is exec producing the three pics and will offer them to buyers at Cannes.

“Interview,” starring Buscemi and Sienna Miller, is the story of a fading political journalist who is forced by his editor to interview America’s top soap star. Pic was shot in New York and wrapped last month.

In “Blind Date” Tony Shalhoub and Patricia Clarkson star as parents who have lost a child and then try to reinvent themselves over and over again as different characters through personal ads. Pic goes before cameras in New York this summer.

“1-900,” which also shoots this summer, stars Denis Leary and Hope Davis as a couple who meet on a phone sex line and go through an entire relationship without ever meeting in person.

Van Gogh had planned to make these English-lingo versions of his films himself, working with Weiss and Westelaken on the projects, but was murdered on the streets of Amsterdam in 2004. The Muslim who shot and stabbed him had objected to his short pic “Submission,” about the mistreatment of women in Islamic society.

Some of the revenue from the pics will go to a fund set up by Westelaken and Weiss in Van Gogh’s memory and to support freedom of speech in filmmaking.

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