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‘Fan’ touches down in U.S.

Benten/Watchmaker acquires Zhen Wei's 'Eyes'

First Independent has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Big Fan,” written and helmed by “The Wrestler” scribe Robert Siegel.

Pic will star Patton Oswalt as a nutty New York Giants fan whose encounter with his football hero ends in violence. Pic co-stars Kevin Corrigan and Michael Rappaport and is due out in late August or early September.

Big Fan” is produced by Jean Kouremetis and Elan Bogarin and co-produced by Jen Cohn.

Andrew Hurwitz, repping Seigel, negotiated the deal with First Independent prexy Gary Rubin and attorney Shelley Surpin.

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Helmer Zhen Wei’s “Fish Eyes” has been acquired by Benten/Watchmaker Films. Deal includes rights in North America, the U.K. and Europe to theatrical, DVD, TV and online releases of the Chinese drama, set in the months between the Sichuan earthquake and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Pic had its North American preem at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.

Wei shot the pic in 18 days and made it for less than $40,000. Benten, previously a DVD-only label, will release the film theatrically.

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