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“Argonuts,” a Disney-style family animated feature from “The Jungle Bunch” team, TAT Productions, has lured leading distributors in major markets. Rolling off the American Film Market, Gregoire Melin’s sales banner Kinology has closed a raft of deals with the U.K. (Studiocanal), Germany and Austria (Plaion), Latin America (California Filmes), Australia…

German distributor Tiberius Film has acquired the German-language territory rights and Polish distributor Media Squad has acquired the Poland rights for the upcoming action movie “Fight Pride,” repped by Iuvit Media Sales at the American Film Market. Directed by Sheldon Lettich (“Double Impact,” “The Last Patrol”), and starring Daniel Stisen…

Canadian actor and filmmaker Aaron Poole shared the first details of his arthouse father-daughter road movie “Dada” with Variety this week, shortly after wrapping principal photography of the film on Manitoulin Island, located north of Toronto in Lake Huron. Working steadily in North American TV (“Most Dangerous Game”) and film…

U.K. shingle 101 Films Intl. has notched up key sales at the American Film Market for the H.G.  Wells adaptation “Fear the Invisible Man,” starring David Hayman and Mhairi Calvey.  A remake of the H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name which was first published in 1897, the period action…

German distributor Dolphin Medien has acquired the German Europe rights for the sci-fi thriller “I’ll Be Watching,” repped by Iuvit Media Sales at the AFM. The film is directed by Erik Bernard (“Free Dead or Alive”), and stars “The 100” stars Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley, along with Bryan Batt…

Radiant Films Intl. has unveiled a first-look image of thriller “Unit 234,” pictured above. Isabelle Fuhrman, who had a breakout role in 2009’s “Orphan,” and reprised the role in this year’s hit “Orphan: First Kill” essays the lead. Pic follows Fuhrman, and employee of a remote storage facility, who discovers…

Rome-based 102 Distribution has taken on worldwide sales of Mexican feature “Presencias,” the company announced at this week’s American Film Market. Directed by Mexico’s Luis Mandoki, and starring Academy Award nominee Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”)  and Goya Award winner Alberto Ammann (“Narcos: Mexico,” “The Year of Fury,” “Cell 211”), the film is an…

Brian Beckmann of Arclight Films, Caroline Couret-Delegue of Film Seekers, Diane Ferrandez (AGC Studios), Jeffrey Greenstein (Millennium Media), George Hamilton (Protagonist Pictures), Jasmin McSweeney (NZ Film Commission) and Lise Romanoff of Vision Films have been newly elected to the board of the Independent Film & Television Alliance. The organization represents the independent sector before governments and international bodies and also provides…

Los Angeles-based Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired worldwide sales rights to romance murder mystery “Nightalk,” directed by Canadian filmmaker Donald Shebib. The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Ashley Bryant and Al Mukadam. The steamy thriller follows a female cop (Bryant), who goes undercover on a phone-sex…

Actor Ray Nicholson (“Out of the Blue,” “Licorice Pizza”) has been staying extremely busy, with multiple projects on the release horizon, including the buzzy comedic thriller “Borderline,” from writer/director Jimmy Warden, which is being shopped at AFM by Radiant Films, in conjunction with CAA. Nicholson stars as a helplessly romantic…

Sales company 101 Films Intl. has launched comedy horror “Bad Things in the Middle of Nowhere” at the American Film Market. The movie is “a fast-moving hybrid combining comedy moments with horror in a tense and gripping narrative.” The film, which was shot on location in Wexford, Ireland, is in…

By E.J. Panaligan Editor-turned-director Nick Moore, known for his work on British romantic comedies including “The Full Monty,” has boarded  comedy “Missionary Position” as its director. The film will be set in South Africa and comes from writer W. David McBrayer and producers Kevin Connor and Nichola Ellis, who will…