'Enemy' lands on N.A. shores via Weinsteins

4:00 AM PST 11/06/2006 by Gregg Goldstein, AP

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The Weinstein Co. has acquired North American rights to Kevin Macdonald's documentary "My Enemy's Enemy," about Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie.

"Enemy" chronicles several unsettling twists in Barbie's life, from his history as a Nazi torturer to his recruitment by the U.S. government to work as a counterintelligence officer to the 1987 trial for his World War II atrocities.

"What I wanted to do was reveal an alternate history of the postwar world," Macdonald said. "This is a version of history where, in contrast to what we were all told, fascist ideology prevailed. The story is symbolic of the real relationship that the Western governments had with fascism and makes us see the world as it is today -- and the politicians who inhabit it -- in a different way."

Macdonald, who profiled the notorious Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in this fall's fictional work "The Last King of Scotland," won an Oscar for "One Day in September," the harrowing docu about the killings at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

"Enemy" was produced by Rita Dagher through her Yalla Films.

Weinstein Co. senior vp business and legal affairs Laine Kline and executive vp acquisitions Maeva Gatineau negotiated the deal with Vincent Maravel of Wild Bunch.
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