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'Door' opens for Miramax

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Miramax Films has snared U.S. and Australian rights to Italian foreign-language Oscar hopeful "Golden Door" (Nuovomondo), written and directed by Emanuele Crialese.

Set in 1913, the film tells a mythical tale of a Sicilian peasant family that encounters an American stranger who talks of the fortune that awaits them in his country. Inspired by his stories, they travel to Ellis Island to seek their fortune. The cast features Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato and Aurora Quattrocchi.

"Door" secured this year's Silver Lion during the Venice International Film Festival. It was produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy and executive produced by Bernard Bouix and Tommaso Calevi. The project was brought to Miramax by the company's vp acquisitions, Peter Lawson.

The deal was brokered by Miramax executive vp business affairs and operations Michael Luisi with Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton.