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VIDEOVISION ENTERTAINMENT FILMS (article first published : 2005-08-28)

Videovision Entertainment’s head of Acquisition and Distribution, Sanjeev Singh announced today the acquisition of prestigious films ahead of their presentations at the Venice, New York and Toronto International Film Festivals. The films acquired are Goodnight and Goodluck, Edmond, Water, Takeshi’s and Paradise Now.

Goodnight and Goodluck which screens at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals is directed by George Clooney and stars George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels and Frank Langella. The film is set during the period of the notorious communist 'witch-hunts' of US Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Based on the successful play by David Mamet, Edmond will have its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. The film is directed by Stuart Gordon and stars William H. Macy, Julia Stiles and Mena Suvari. It is a dark comedy which follows a fortune-teller’s teasing rumination that sends Edmond Burke lurching into New York City's hellish underworld. He abandons his whole life in a searing quest for self-discovery and redemption.

From acclaimed director, Deepa Mehta, Water will have its World Premiere when it opens the 30th Toronto Film Festival. This is the final film in Mehta's trilogy on the elements, following Fire (1996) and Earth (1998). The film which stars Lisa Ray (Bollywood Hollywood) and Bollywood heartthrob, John Abraham, is set in the 1930s during the rise of the Indian independence struggles against British colonial rule. Water examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.

Also acquired is Takeshi Kitano’s Takeshi’s which will be screened in the Masters Section of the Toronto Film Festival. The film stars Kitano and is billed as being “500% Kitano” by the maestro himself.

Paradise Now was acquired earlier this year and it opened the Durban International Film Festival where its director Hany Abu-Assad, won the Best Director Award. The film is a fascinating and moving story of two suicide bombers in the 24 hours leading up to a suicide attack. It will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sanjeev Singh commented: “We are delighted to have acquired a range of high quality, much sought-after films for distribution in South Africa. We are thrilled to have concluded deals for these films prior to their screenings at Venice and Toronto and New York and will be releasing them through United International Pictures in South Africa early next year.”




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