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Wellspring acquires 'Tragedies' rights

Wellspring acquires 'Tragedies' rights
NEW YORK -- American Vantage Media Corp.'s indie distribution banner Wellspring has snapped up North American rights to the feature Nina's Tragedies, by helmer Savi Gabizons. The project was Israel's official Oscar submission last year. Nina's-- which had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, as part of the world cinema section -- centers on a turbulent year in the life of a family living in modern day Tel-Aviv, seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who is smitten with his captivating aunt. Wellsping is planning a theatrical release early next year. The indie shingle has been on a buying spree lately: It sealed a deal over the weekend to acquire another Sundance title, director Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation. (HR 4/12) The Nina's pact was brokered by Wellspring acquisitions head Marie Therese Guirgis, and acquisitions manager Rob Williams. The film was repped by producer Anat Assoulin and Gabizon, who also produced and penned the screenplay.

'Nina,' Alexander open Israel fest's 20th anniversary

The Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an opening-night gala hosted by Jason Alexander and a screening of Nina's Tragedies. Nina's Tragedies won 11 Israeli Film Academy Prizes, including best picture, actress and director and was the first Israeli feature to debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. At the gala, producer Gale Anne Hurd will receive the IFF visionary award, director Norman Jewison will be honored with the lifetime visionary award and director Arthur Hiller will receive the humanitarian award.

YES floats Israeli content channel

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Satellite television broadcaster YES pushed local film and TV production to the forefront Wednesday, launching the Israeli Cinema Channel. Hailed as a boost to Israel's fragile filmmaking industry and designed to compete for subscribers with the cable television industry, the channel will provide a home for locally made feature and documentary film and television dramas as well as producing exclusive programming about Israeli Cinema. It is the only channel of its kind locally and will be available as a premium channel to YES's approximately 400,000 subscribers. YES declined to provide further details before the launch. The move comes as the Israeli film industry, traditionally cold-shouldered by local audiences, has recently scored some boxoffice hits with such films as Dover Kosashvilli's Late Marriage, Nir Bergman's Broken Wings and Savi Gavizon's Nina's Tragedies. It also comes in the wake of the successful launch this summer of Music 24, an all-Israeli music channel, which demonstrated viewer appetite for local fare.

Israel enters 'Tragedies' for Oscar nom

Israel enters 'Tragedies' for Oscar nom
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Nina's Tragedies (A Very Sad Comedy), which took the award for best feature film at the 2003 Israel Academy of Film and Television Awards Wednesday, makes it Israel's entry for an Oscar nomination in the foreign-language film category. The film, which tells the story of troubled 14-year-old Nadav, who feels betrayed when his adored widowed aunt falls in love with a new man, almost swept the awards, collecting 10 nods out of 12 categories. Earlier this year, Nina's Tragedies also won the best feature film (local) award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. The film was produced by Savi Gavison and Anat Assoulin.

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